I too am from NC. I grew up eating these sandwiches. You have posted the "PREMO" Southern delicacy! I have to make an admission here, and I wouldn't do it everywhere. I puposely buy white bread for this sandwich.....LOL. These sandwiches are just not at their most with the multi-grains I eat with everything else. I don't know why, other than nostagia, that this should even make a difference, but it does! So, during the summer I do keep a loaf of white bread around. OK, I don't think I can be totally condemned for that....HUH?
My Savannah, GA born and bred Southern Belle mother made these sandwiches for me when I was little and they are a favorite in our house. My son lived on these sandwiches one summer when he was about 5 and now at 17 still enjoys them. The key is to have sweet summer vine ripened tomatoes still warm from the sun. (80)
This is indeed a classic southern recipe which my family has enjoyed for years and correctly needs to be cited as being plagarized from the late Ernest Matthew Mickler's classic southern cookbook and oral history, White Trash Cooking. The copying is almost verbatim. Ernie was from FL and it twern't no GA boy who first had this recipe. Happily this can be verified using Google Books. Give Ernie the credit he deserves.
I'm from North Carolina, and I'm surprised at how many people I meet that aren't aware of how terrific this sandwich is! If you have any American Cheese on hand, throw a slice of that in the middle and you'll be addicted! For something that sounds so simple, it sure is delicious! (Maybe it's a Southern thing, like Banana and Mayonnaise sandwiches, which must be served on the whitest bread you can find!) I hope more people give Tomato Sandwiches a shot..don't forget the cheese! Teresa
I have had many of these sandwiches since growing up with a dad who would put out a huge garden every year and there always was an abudance of tomatoes. I did as directed (except for chilling the tomato...I think they taste better never chilled) and smiled as I bent over the kitchen sink. Thanks for the a delicious lunch today and a trip down memory lane!! ;-)
So incredibly delicious! Tastes like summer!
I was born, raised and still reside in Georgia and this is EXACTLY what happens to the very first tomato off my vines every, single year! This is the food of the GODS! YUM! Do not even try this with a store bought tomato! If you have only had store bought tomatoes make it your life's goal to have a fresh from the farm tomato. It will ruin you for life! = )
This was always my fave sandwich as a child, best in the summer with big home grown tomatoes for the best taste. I would eat it with miracle whip on white bread and sometimes with onion or cheese on it too. Yummy! :)