Let me start this by saying that my wife is fantastic!
She grows her own vegetable garden, catches, cleans, and cooks delicious fresh fish (and I eat them and smile). She is always trying to keep me eating healthy and fresh food.
However, some things are sacred! I don’t mind any kind of sandwiches made with whole wheat or grain bread in every situation except…
When summer rolls around and the fresh off the vine tomatoes come in, I pretty much live on tomato sandwiches. and they have to be made a certain very simple way.
The list of ingredients is short and sweet:
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Cheap White Bread (the cheaper the better)
- Dukes Mayonnaise
- Salt and Pepper
Simple right? But I have a very important process for building my perfect tomato sandwiches!
I start by washing and slicing the tomatoes. I do this first because I want to have them ready to assemble and eat my sandwich(s) quickly. A soggy tomato sandwich doesn’t cut it with me.
Then I lightly toast my Cheap White Bread (which goes on my grocery list as CWB). I like my bread toasted to a golden brown.
While my bread is in the toaster I am seasoning my tomato slices with salt and pepper.
As soon as the toast pops out I quickly slather them with Duke’s mayonnaise (gotta be Dukes – it’s a Southern thing). I know some of you transplants from up North swear by your Hellmann’s and your Miracle Whip and that’s fine for you – I’m not judging!
I quickly assemble and go right to eating – again so my sandwich doesn’t have a chance to get soggy in the least.
Sounds like I am obsessive about this ritual? Yes and proudly so!
And yes I love a good BLT but the perfect tomato sandwich has absolutely nothing on it that isn’t in my list above!