SANDWICH’S, what to do with the ones that didn’t make the cut, for the sauce. I love all things tomatoes, but I am the WORST tomato grower ever, I mean WORST. This year we planted three different varieties The sauce/ eating tomato I can’t remember the name of, Sun Gold ( Orange Cherry) and Golden Pear(Yellow pear-shaped, small), but I still have not managed to get them in the right location in my yard. We have a lot of animals- deer, rabbit’s, woodchucks, you name it we have it, so it makes planting a garden a little tough, then taking into account all the tree’s and when and where the sun hits, it daunting.
Anyways, the plants are doing well, and we are getting enough tomatoes to have my favorites, Panzanella, Open face tomato sandwiches, and the newest one I made tonight Grilled Eggplant and Tomato sandwich. YUM.
Here’s the recipes for both:
Open Face Tomato Sandwich
2 Slices French Peasant Bread ( you could use any types of bread- this is just what I prefer)
2 med tomatoes sliced
4-6 slices cheddar cheese ( I like extra sharp)
2 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
1 TBS Olive Oil
2-4 Basil leaves chopped
Put tomato slices on bread and toast in toaster oven or under broiler for 3-5 minutes, when bread looks lightly toasted and tomato looks a little cooked, add cheese and toast/broil until melted and bubbly. Drizzle with Balsamic, Olive Oil and a sprinkle of basil. Grab a fork and knife and enjoy.
Grilled Eggplant, Tomato Sandwich
1 Med Eggplant
1 C Spinach,washed and dried
1 Medium tomato
1/3 C cream cheese ( you could also do a goat cheese mixture) Room temperature
10 Basil leaves (more or less depending on your liking)
1/4 C Olive Oil
2 Slices French Peasant Bread
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat Griddle/grill or whatever cooking surface you choose for cooking eggplant. Today I used my electric griddle heated to 300. Wash eggplant, slice in rounds . Chop basil and divide in half, put half basil in with Olive oil and coat eggplant- cook on griddle about 3 minutes each side. Meanwhile, mix the rest of the basil, with the cream cheese, slice tomatoes, and toast bread . Assemble sandwich, Spread cream cheese mixture onto toasted bread, then layer eggplant, tomato and spinach. Slice in half and enjoy.