It’s August, which means heirloom tomatoes are here! I wish this short season could last for so much longer (along with sugar snap pea springs and jersey peach Julys!). Heirlooms are, quite simply, EPIC: the most delicious, multi-flavored tomatoe-y tomato you’ve ever had. We’re going to brunch at a friend’s house on Sunday, and the theme is tomatoes. I’m looking forward to an heirloom frittata or omelet or even a few just lightly grilled on one side with Heinz beans …

Pensive heirloom tomato …

My personal, most favorite way to eat an heirloom is in the simplest of sandwiches. Only has four ingredients, but it’s the most amazing thing ever. You really get to taste the tomato, and the mayonnaise adds creamy richness. I could eat this all day long; I actually have to set aside tomatoes or all of them end up being gobbled up this way!

Consider it a perfect snack on a weekend afternoon.

Samantha’s Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

Serves 2 (or one really hungry Samantha)

4 slices of crusty peasant bread
1 largish heirloom tomato (any variety)
2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Slice bread and toast. While bread is in the oven, cut tomato into thin slices. Use a sharp knife, so as not to bruise the tomato. While bread is warm, spread with mayonnaise (I’m one of those weird people who LOVES mayonnaise, so I go a little crazy here). Place tomato slices on top. Grate over with black pepper.

Arrange on a big white plate and eat!

And for kicks and giggles, here is my favorite stuffed dog, Paul. 🙂


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