How to Make a Tomato Sandwich: a step-by-step tutorial on making summer’s favorite sandwich. Perfectly ripe tomatoes, sliced, salted and placed in between lusicious bread smothered with mayonnaise.
A few ex-boyfriends ago, I learned an incredibly valuable less: how to properly make a tomato sandwich. I am forever grateful.
During the summers we’d drive to Virginia to his family’s lake house. It was there where I’d buy big-ass tomatoes from old men who sold them out of their pick-up trucks parked alongside the road. They were beautiful and warm from the sun (the tomatoes not the old men). There’s something about a southern tomato that’s just really special. They’re kinda magical.
How to Make a Tomato Sandwich
- The first step to a glorious tomato sandwich is slicing the tomatoes. I prefer them to be about 1/4-inch thick. You don’t want too thin or too thick.
- Place the tomatoes on a few sheets of paper towels.
- Sprinkle them with a bit of kosher salt. Both sides. Salting the tomatoes, allows them to sit and drain. This makes it so the tomato sandwich doesn’t end up being soggy. NO SOG ZONE.
- Smother two slices of white bread with good-quality mayonnaise. This means Duke’s, Hellmann’s or Best Foods.
- Arrange the tomatoes on the slices of bread, add the other slice of bread and slice it up!
And then you eat it.
Is this a recipe, per se? Not really. It’s about instincts and common sense lol. Of course, if you want to make it even more exciting, some crunchy lettuce would be a delicious addition.
Thick slices of crispy bacon would make it into a BLT. And if you want to take it even further, a few slices of avocado would make it unreal!
Tomato sandwiches are the perfect super-quick-have-no-time-for-anything lunch. Summer is usually not my most favorite season. Between the heatwaves, bugs, incessant sugar/water ants, I much rather have fall or winter. But tomato sandwiches make summer a delight!
If you make this, let me know on Instagram!
- 2 to 3 heirloom tomatoes
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon good-quality mayonnaise, (Duke's, Hellmann's, Best Foods)
- 1 loaf white bread
- Freshly ground pepper
- Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a few bed of paper towels. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a few pinches of salt and allow to sit and drain for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Meanwhile, smother the slices of bread with mayonnaise. Both sides!
- Place a few slices of tomatoes on the bread and sprinkle with a bit of black pepper. Top with another slice of bread and cut in half. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
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