Make The Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich
How to Make the Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich - Real Comfort Food
Nothin' says SUMMER more than a homegrown tomato!
The BEST way to eat that tomato is to sit on the back porch steps with a salt shaker and chow down. My Mom taught me the following method for eating a farm fresh tomato when I was 5 years old: 1st: lick the tomato in one spot; 2nd: shake salt on that wet spot; and 3rd: BITE!
The second best way to eat a fresh tomato is to make a tomato and cheese sandwich. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Guess what? It is simple to make a tomato sandwich; but to make a really good sandwich, one must pay attention to the details.
One of those details is to use a homegrown tomato. If you do not have a one, wait until dark and sneak into your neighbor's garden--just kidding! In reality, buy a vine ripe tomato with the stem still attached at the grocery. If they are too, expensive, get an ordinary fresh tomato that is still a little green or hard to the touch, and let it sit on the windowsill a day or two.
The best tasting tomatoes never see the inside of a fridge! (FYI--In January 2009, I still had tomatoes I grew in 2008! We had a really late hard frost in November, so I picked the green tomatoes and put them in a bowl to ripen on their own.)
Keep reading for I am presenting to you my recipe for the BEST tomato and cheese sandwich. Yes, it is comfort food for me! You can thank me in my "guest book" at the bottom of this page.
And by the way, do you know what a "love apple" is?
PS...I took all the photos! AND I grew the tomato! Use images with permission and attribution, please.
My Perfect Knife for Slicing Tomatoes - Yes, I own one of these tomato knives from Pampered Chef
It is the perfect knife, I am not kidding. I also use this knife when cutting lettuce. If one uses a plastic knife for chopping up a head of green lettuce, the edges of the cut leaves do not brown as quickly and when one uses a stainless steel knife. The Pampered Chef Tomato knife is a great kitchen tool.
Here is a tomato knife for your consideration. It was highly recommended by Southern Living Magazine.
I own it and love using it. Added bonus: when you cut lettuce with a plastic knife, it does not "rust" as fast". Why is this important? You can cut up an entire head of lettuce and put it in a baggie. Instant Salad--take out what you need and store the rest!
The knife comes with a cover--it is sharp.
The picture is from the Amazon website and does not do the knife justice.
Now back to our recipe:
Tomato Sandwich Gallery (click on smaller images to view them) - Tummy Here I Come!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Ingredients For the BEST Tomato Sandwich
The directions on making the sandwich are just a little further down the page.
1. Fresh White Bread
2. Hellman's (or Best Foods-west of the Mississippi!) Mayo (or Duke's)
3. Homegrown vine ripe tomato - it can be red or yellow.
4. Kraft Sliced American Cheese -- not individually wrapped, pulleeze.
Optional: thinly sliced red or vidalia onion, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and/or basil
STEP 1: Use 2 Slices of Fresh White Sandwich Bread
Slather on the mayo
I prefer LOTS of mayo on my fresh white bread -- use whole grain!!!
STEP 2: Put on the FRESH, VINE RIPE tomatoes!
Homegrown are the best, but you can buy local tomatoes from the farmer's market or the local grocery.
STEP 3: Add cheese!
Kraft Deluxe American or Deli Sliced Kraft is preferred by moi, but use your favorite cheese -- as long as it is not that individually wrapped cr*p.
Optional--thinly sliced sweet onion
Red or vidalia onions can add zip!
Enjoy your sandwich!
Just try taking a picture and not sampling.
By the way, I used two different plates for the photos. Which color do you like the best? You can put an answer in my guestbook.
Another top rated tomato knife: - Rada Cutlery Tomato Slicer!
If you do not want a plastic knife, here is a piece of cutlery from Amazon.
This knife received 100 5-star ratings from Amazon customers. It is also priced nicely, too.
Debate: Did you find the instructions for making this sandwich inspiring? - (sign my guestbook, too, at the bottom of this page)
Do you think that there is an art to making a tomato and cheese sandwich? I know, some of you like whole wheat bread; well so do I. However, making a tomato and cheese sandwich on white bread reminds me so very much of my childhood. Not everything was "hunky dory" in the 60's, but those tomato sandwiches provided real comfort when the first crop of tomatoes ripened on the vine.
Is this the BEST tomato sandwich recipe you have ever seen?
Williams Sonoma Farmer's Market Cookbook - Tomatoes and other vegetables can be found at Farmer's Markets across the country.
Check out this beautiful looking cookbook to see if there is a tomato recipe you can make!
These recipes also claim to be the "best"!
Just to be certain that you are finding the best tomato sandwich recipe, I am including two more links. I want to be sure that you find a recipe that you will just love for your home grown tomatoes!
Scroll down and tell me how you make your sandwich! I am always looking for ways to make new sandwiches with tomatoes.
Above Photo by ME!