Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches

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There isn’t much that can be said for this stunningly beautiful sandwich. Heirloom tomatoes speak for themselves. They are hitting their stride in my grocery store right now, and I can’t get enough. I’m thinking I’ll likely make this salad again soon.

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This sandwich is very few ingredients and couldn’t be simpler. I found it easier to eat open faced (personally couldn’t get my mouth around the whole thing!), so that’s how I’m writing it. Yet despite its simplicity, it just sings.

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Heirloom tomatoes have the most luscious texture. They are less acidic and sweeter than regular tomatoes, and when you bite into this sandwich, its juiciness rivals the most ridiculous cheeseburger out there. Just amazing. Enjoy this one guys!

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Source: slightly adapted from Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches by Emeril Lagasse

5 generous tbs mayonnaise
3 tbs chopped fresh basil or parsley
8 slices white sandwich bread
4-5 large heirloom tomatoes, stemmed and sliced into ½-inch thick rounds (make sure you get all different colors!)
Kosher salt and black pepper

Combine the mayonnaise and basil or parsley in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth. Set aside.
Arrange the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Preheat your broiler to HIGH and position a rack as close to it as you can get without touching it. Slide the baking sheet in the oven and broil the bread just a few minutes until it is lightly toasted and slightly golden brown. Remove and let cool a few minutes.
Spread the mayonnaise liberally on the toasted sides of each slice of bread. Layer 2 tomato slices on each slice of bread. Season each tomato slice with salt and black pepper as you lay it on the bread. Serve immediately, 2 open-faced sandwiches per person.

8 responses to “Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches

  1. I personally would opt for healthier bread, but the rest is fabulous!! Yay summer!!!

    • Texan New Yorker

      I’m sure this would work with a nice whole wheat loaf! Thanks Mimi! And yes, absolutely yay summer! It’s about time…

  2. Your tomatoes look gorgeous.
    I’m jealous you can find such beautiful tomatoes at your grocery store! I usually have to go to the farmer’s market for beauties like those!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks so much Jennifer! I can only find heirloom tomatoes a few weeks out of the year, usually early summer and late summer, so I keep my eyes very alert for them. And depending on how the year went, they can disappear within one week, so you have to act fast. Worth it though!

  3. Those maters are like a still life! So, so beautiful. ALMOST too pretty to eat.

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks Dorothy! Yeah, “almost” is definitely the key word with heirlooms – they’re too delicious to let sit!

  4. Heirloom tomatoes are one of my favorite foods on earth! Ours aren’t in season yet, but as soon as they are, I am making a blt with them!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Oh, a blt would be so amazing! Maybe I need to run back to the store for more heirlooms and make that happen in my kitchen…

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