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Friends don’t let friends get through summer without trying a quintessential tomato sandwich for grownups. This southern staple is a summer eating requirement (right up there with corn-on-the-cob and root beer floats)!
Despite the name, you probably won’t find heirloom tomatoes at an antique store, or in grandma’s attic. The tomatoes themselves are not dusty fruits passed down from generation to generation, like old high school trophies and pocket watches. The tomato seeds though? Yeah, those are.
The seeds are what make an heirloom tomato an heirloom tomato. They are passed down from season to season, taken by the farmers from the tomato plants that produced the best fruit. This process allows farmers to select for certain desirable traits like juiciness, size, shape, or color. No weird science-y genetic modifications.
I love heirloom tomatoes for their idiosyncratic qualities. They often have have colors, textures, sizes, and flavors that vary from species to species, in the same way that apple varieties do.
This “recipe” only uses a couple of curated ingredients so it’s critical that they are top quality. I would never eat this sandwich in the winter with less-than-stellar tomatoes. It’s all about using the freshest ingredients and not messing with perfection. Here’s what you’ll need:
It’s traditional to use two pieces of bread (thus the “sandwich” but I also enjoy these open faced. Bonus points for letting the tomato juice drip down your chin.