Today, I pay homage to my most favorite food. One day, hopefully long away in the future, when I breathe my last breath, I pray I have just finished A TOMATO SANDWICH, made by Southern hands.
I simply think there is no better creation than some fine mayo slathered on some thick bread loaded down with too many to count slices of tomatoes; and of course, lets not forget….way too much salt & pepper on those things. Hmmm….
Fisherman looks on in disbelief as I eat my piece of heaven and cannot believe there are two tomatoes worth of slices on that bad boy, or that there is no bacon or lettuce anywhere to be found. OF COURSE THERE ISN’T. BLT’s are good – but they aren’t a tomato sandwich. There is a vast difference. And in my mind, to be truly Southern – 1. You need to be born in the south and 2. You need to relish a pure & simple tomato sandwich. (I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on my Southern comments!!!) 😉
So how do I create such a delectable sandwich?
First, you must start with the proper ingredients….good, real Mayo….not Miracle Whip…the real deal.
Second, thick crusty bread…think day old bread to sop up all that juice.
Third, so many tomato slices that they are falling out of the sandwich.
And lastly, a VERY generous helping of kosher salt & fresh ground pepper. (Yes, I will probably pass from too high blood pressure, but life without some salt would be very sad indeed.)
You’ve got to sprinkle the salt & pepper two times on each side to reach the desired amount. And getting the spice all over the bread adds some special umpf!
Now eat that summer goodness and wash it all down with some Southern style sweet tea.
P.S….don’t even think about trying this in the winter or any other time when fresh off the vine tomatoes aren’t available!