July 26, 2004
Summer Means Tomato Sandwiches

Summer is my favorite culinary season. Our garden is producing at record clips, and we have full use of the fresh herbs and vegetables for our meals. My favorite simple meal of summer is also one of the most refreshing: the tomato sandwich.

My usual tomato sandwich is deceptively simple, yet open to experimentation on every ingredient (like all the great recipes):

First, slather two pieces of bread with mayonnaise. I use whatever bread we have on hand, from my wife's homemade rosemary Italian bread to storebought whole wheat, use your favorite.

Any non-cherry or grape tomato will work, but beefsteaks and heirloom purple varieties stand out in this sandwich. Thinly slice the tomatoes, then salt and pepper them. You could stop here, but I usually add some cheese (cheddar, Parmesan Reggianno, Asiago, mozzarella... anything on hand) and some basil.

Eat with a glass of cold iced tea (or your favorite beverage), and enjoy the bounty of a summer garden.

Posted by david on July 26, 2004

I LOVE tomato sandwiches. So simple, and such a luxury during the summer. Seriously, you can NOT do this with a "storebought" tomato. I like a simple, soft bread - like a potato bread. Freshly ground pepper, kosher salt, and mayo are all I usually add.

The other thing I've been indulging in are peaches.

I love summer.

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