Monday, August 13, 2012

Tomato sandwich

                Are you one of the lucky one's that has loads of beautiful tomatoes in your garden?  We planted different types of tomatoes, grape, plum, beefsteak and big boy.  Some were attacked by bunnies, and some by stinky stink bugs.  We planted marigolds in the hope of keeping the bunnies away.  Strangely enough though, my husband found a litter of baby bunnies under our cucumber plants.  So, maybe they don't mind the marigolds that much.  Luckily the stink bugs seem to have been attacking less.
               Now the tomatoes are ripening up so beautifully, and what could be better than the old simple tomato sandwich.  When I was a kid, I would just slice tomatoes and put them between 2 pieces of bread slathered with mayo. 
              Recently I came across a recipe for a broiled tomato sandwich.  What a great idea! It is so simple also, but should only be attempted with fresh, ripe tomatoes.
  1. Slices of bread
  2. 3 Tbl of Mayonaisse
  3. 1 tsp dry oregano
  4. 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  5. Slices of tomato
  6. balsamic glaze or a mixture of one part balsamic vinegar to one part olive oil
              First mix the mayonaisse with 1/4 of parmesan cheese and the oregano.  Spread some of the mayo mixture on your slice's of bread.  (This is an open faced sandwich).  Spray your frying pan with non-stick spray and heat your pan to medium.  Place your bread, mayo side up of course and toast your bread to your likeness.
              Then place your slices on a baking sheet and place your tomatoes on the bread.  (The original recipe calls for marinating the tomatoes in one part vinegar to one part oil.)  I chose not to do that because I have balsamic glaze, which makes the sandwich less soggy.
             After your tomato slices are on the bread, top with more parmesan cheese.
             Finally place the baking sheet in your broiler to melt the cheese.  In my oven it only took 2 minutes.
            When the cheese is melted, take your balsamic glaze and drizzle it over your tomatoes.  Absolutely delicious and simple.

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