Here in the South we eat tomato sandwiches during our hot, humid summers. There's nothing better than a cold, juicy, fresh tomato, sprinkled with salt and pepper, squished between two pieces of white bread - mayonnaise spread generously on each piece.
I believe I've mentioned it before, but Virginia has some of the most unbearably humid summers (some people love it - I am not one of them). We also have an extremely bountiful summer crop season. Maybe the humidity is what makes our vegetables, especially our tomatoes, so darn good. I guess I'll settle for some humidity in exchange for delicious tomatoes.
I've been eating tomatoes - specifically tomato sandwiches - as far back as I can remember. In fact, I don't really remember a life without them! So how do you make the perfect, southern tomato sandwich? I'm so glad you asked.
Perfect, Southern Tomato Sandwiches (pronounced Tuh-May-Toe Sandwich or May-Ter Sandwich)
What You'll Need To Make Them
- White Bread (I know white bread is awful for you - simple carb central. This is one instance in which you must make the sacrifice and purchase white bread.)
- Ripe, Local Tomatoes
- Duke's Mayonnaise (Duke's is also your only option. Don't get the olive oil mayonnaise and absolutely, do NOT purchase Miracle Whip. By the way, when you're making this, it's pronounced mayn-aze or mann-aze. Duke's is also used in Potato and Macaroni Salads - pronounced Puh-Tay-Toe Salad.)
- Salt and Pepper
How To Make Them
- Slice tomatoes.
- Spread Duke's on your white bread.
- Top sauced-up-bread with tomatoes.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over tomatoes.
- Squish slices together, eat, and thank me later.
Since today is my day off, I've spent the morning finishing up lots of projects that I can't wait to share. I was working right along and before I knew it, it was 1:15 and my stomach was having a fit. I looked around and found a bunch of fresh tomatoes on the counter. What to do with them? Obvious answer was tomato sandwiches.
I didn't have any white bread, only white hot dog rolls. Those would definitely work. I also wanted a little kick, so I added Tabasco Sauce to my Duke's.
Slice your 'maters.
Look at that beauty!
Duke's is the only way. I'm telling ya.
Add a little of this bad boy to your Duke's.
Sprinkle our good friends salt and pepper over your sliced 'maters, and add a slice or two of provolone - you know. To get some dairy in.
Now look what we have here! All three of these weren't for me - this doesn't mean I didn't eat them all. Whoops.
Please make them. And think of me when you eat them.
What are some of your Southern favorites? Do any of them include Tabasco?