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Top tomato

Posted August 16, 2011

What variety of tomato makes the best tomato sandwich? I would love to hear your comments. Also, what is your recipe for the perfect sandwich?

Last night Cindy and I had tomato sandwiches and it was a near religious experience. We had stopped by the State Farmer’s Market and picked up some Johnston County tomatoes. I don’t even know the variety but the flavor was exceptional. Our recipe is fairly simple. We don’t use lettuce but substitute basil for the leafy part. We add a couple of crisp slices of bacon, a mozzarella square and mayonnaise. The tomatoes slices are a half inch thick and salted and peppered.

I always try to say thanks before a meal. Last night I said thanks both before and after.


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  • Keefer4UNC Aug 18, 2011

    All you guys are making me hungry and I just had lunch! I guess I am going to have to go home tonight and fix a tomato sandwich!

  • eyesblue Aug 17, 2011

    I used to love summer picnics, church Homecomings (lunch on the grounds), family reunions because all the southern ladies brought homemade tomato sandwiches...big juicy tomatoes on white bread. The best part...they were soggy ! Yeah, the best part because all the of the favors had soaked into the bread. I love to make a tomato sandwich...but secretly I want to make it and wrap it up and eat it in a couple of hours to remind me of my youth.

  • Killian Aug 17, 2011

    OK, I just had to tell you guys...after reading this yesterday in mid-afternoon, I was then craving a tomato sandwich for the rest of the day! I stopped at the farmer's market, found some German Johnsons, went home and made dinner! My son and I had whole wheat bread with mayo, huge, thick slices of tomato, and a bit of salt/pepper. Fantastic. =)

  • JDNCSU Aug 17, 2011

    Better boys sliced thin and piled high on Sunbeam white bread (round top loaf, not square top), salt and fresh ground here's the kicker, although I am a HUGE Duke's fan for almost everything I prefer Miracle Whip for 'mater sandwiches...

  • rufiedufie Aug 17, 2011

    but wouldn't any mayonaise work for this type of sandwhich

  • pulstar40 Aug 17, 2011

    I personally don't like Dukes...that's why I say Hellmans.

  • rufiedufie Aug 17, 2011

    everyone says eat a tomato sandwhich with Dukes Mayonaise, and i was wondering why

  • pulstar40 Aug 17, 2011

    Bill - after reading your post my mouth was watering for the sandwich you described, and luckily I had just been gifted some fresh basil. I just left off the bacon and must admit, it was very good!

  • lookn4spac Aug 17, 2011

    Toast, tomato, HELLMANS mayo, salt/pepper. DONE. Any good tomato- love the farmer's market!

  • blahblahblah Aug 17, 2011

    Jersey beefsteaks! Yum!




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