According to Moby in the teany book, "There are no words to describe how unbelievably good this sandwich is. You don't know this yet, but you bought this book for this recipe. In fact, your parents had you so that you could one day try this sandwich. If you make this sandwich, your life will be richer, more fufilling, and this world will be an all-around more pleasant place for you."
Now, I don't know about all that, but it did make for a yummy lunch.
15 pitted kalamata olives
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 long narrow, crispy loaf of bread
1/2 C finely chopped red onion
3 vine-ripe or plum tomatoes, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 roasted red and/or yellow pepper
1 small bunch arugula (well washed, this stuff is sandy)
1 small bunch fresh basil leaves
2 T balsamic vinega
1 1/2 T olive oil
Prepare the olive tapenade by putting all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until somewhat smooth. Not too smooth, it shouldn't look like pate.
(Or, if you're lazy like me, buy it premade)
Slice the bread the long way, and spread olive tapenade on the bottom layer of bread. Layer the following, in this order: chopped red onion, sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper (I'd personally skip the salt as the tapenade is pretty salty), red and/or yellow roasted pepper, arugula, and basil. Drizzle the vinegar on top of the layers of veggies, then drizzle olive oil on the underside of the other piece of bread.
Put the sandwich together and press down on it, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour, and at most a day. This will let all the flavors marinate and combine to make what I call the best sandwich on earth.
(Note: I didn't have onion, so I skipped it. Replaced romaine for arugula. And I didn't have any basil so I skipped that too. Also, I was hungry, so I skipped the wrapping it up in plastic wrap step. Maybe that's why my life didn't become richer or more fufilling.)