Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl's Top 5 Tomato Sandwich Recipes

It's peak tomato season...Dara goes beyond the BLT!

Off The Menu with Dara Grumdahl
August 15, 2019 - 1:01 pm

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Obviously, the BLT is the greatest sandwich of summer, and you need to kind of put aside whatever else you’re working on and eat a great number of BLT’s.  But is there anything better than a basic BLT?  Can you take those perfect summer tomatoes and build a different sandwich that’s equally as good as a classic BLT? Oh yes. Yes you can. Like this!

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Fancy-Up Your Tomato Sandwich with New Mayo!
For me, Hellman’s on lightly toasted semolina bread with bacon, romaine is the perfect BLT. But for Sean Brock, the sandwich needs Duke’s Mayo. There are a lot of cult-mayonnaises out there.  Kewpie Mayonnaise from Japan is having a moment lately—it’s made with an apple vinegar which gives it a little sweetness, but not in a bad way.  So here’s my advice for the time-smart—if you want the easiest interesting thing to do, just get a new jar of mayonnaise. Done!

A Tomato Variation on the Classic Muffaletta
I’m crazy about New Orleans’ pride, the muffaletta sandwich. While they don’t classically require tomatoes, if you have a jar of muffaletta olive spread or if you make your own with this recipe you can just make a muffaletta and olive spread with tomato sandwich—and that’s a great thing.

Fried Provolone BLT (is fried cheese bacon?)
What if you want a BLT but you’re not a bacon eater?  Of course there’s beef-bacon, but for people avoiding meat the best of all possible BLT’s in my humble opinion is something with cheese subbing in for the bacon. You can make little stripes of frico, that is, shredded parmesan baked or fried till it gets crisp, or just fry some provolone in a pan—I know it sounds impossible, but it’s not hard.

Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Summer Tomatoes
Pimento cheese - that is a spread made with chopped peppers and cheddar - has been the trend absolutely on fire for years.  And it’s particularly wonderful in a sandwich with good summer tomato slices.  If you pack the ingredients this is an easy one to make on the boat; a red or rye ale goes awfully nice with this.

Isaac Becker’s Famous Egg-and-Harissa Sandwich
If you live in Minneapolis you know one of the most famous sandwiches in town is the 112 Eatery fried egg sandwich with cilantro and the North African hot pepper spread harissa.  Can you tuck a tomato in there because it is summer? That is called embracing the season. Do it.

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