Old School Summer Tomato Sandwich

June 2nd, 2010 by katie

Everyone should plant a tomato plant.  Most plants just absorb-water, sunlight, affection, good intentions-without giving much back.  They might flower briefly or continue to look healthy but there is very little immediate satisfaction gained by caring for them.  Which is probably why I have never been a very good gardener.  Growing tomato plants on the other hand is just about the most satisfying experience one can have.  Water them and give them plenty of sun and every day they reward you with new flowers, tiny baby tomatoes, slightly bigger than they were yesterday adolescent tomatoes, and finally tomatoes so deep red and juicy they threaten to split their skins.

This tomato was my very first home-grown-in-my-back-yard-by-my-own-hand-and-with-my-own-sweat tomato and it was glorious.  I am seriously concerned about ever being able to eat one of those tomato factory “on the vine” tomatoes ever again.  It looks like a tomato, round and red, but it is so much more tomato!  The flavor is deeper, the flesh sweeter, and the seeds and juices aren’t jellied and watery.  The only disappointment is that I only planted two instead of a dozen.

I enjoyed my first home-grown tomato as an old-fashioned southern tomato sandwich and it was so much better than I imagined. 

Southern Tomato Sandwich

  • 2 slices of bread, toasted
  • mayo
  • thick tomato slices
  • salt and pepper
  1. Spread mayo on toasted bread.
  2. Cover with tomato slices.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Close sandwich and enjoy!

Have plenty of napkins for catching tomato juice as it runs down your chin!

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7 Responses

  1. Mom's Menu Planner

    I love, love, LOVE tomato sandwiches! When I was a child, my grandmother would always make me a “French” tomato sandwich (as I liked to call it)…where we used French salad dressing instead of mayo. It’s delicious!

  2. Mrs. L

    In the old days I used to make “mayo” sandwiches. I think they would have tasted much better with some fresh tomatoes.

  3. Michelle

    Oooooh. There’s nothing like a good old tomato sandwich, made exactly like this. Food nirvana.

  4. Frank

    That sounds great! I can’t wait for our garden to start yielding some results. I’m a “Thousand Island” dressing guy, though, so I’ll probably swap the mayo for that. Out of curiosity, did you make your own mayo or use something off the shelf?

  5. leigh

    I love tomato sandwiches. I use Miracle Whip, I know its wrong, but there you go. How revolting, disgusting, and vile are store bought tomatoes? They taste metallic–truly horrid. I don’t have a garden, but I do have a friend who does.

  6. Aggie

    oh how beautiful!! I grew up on the “Italian” version…just tomatoes, cheese and bread! I love summer tomatoes!!

  7. Shirley

    That’s the whitest looking mayo I’ve ever seen. That said, lol, congrats on your tomato harvest. Nothing beats homegrown anything. Now I’m craving a BLT, thanks a lot.

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