Entertain/Food / October 3, 2022

In Search of Summer’s Best Tomato Sandwich

One of the simple pleasures of summer is the arrival of tomato season and endless days of tomato sandwiches. In its purest forms, the sandwich is simple: sliced heirlooms, mayo, salt, and bread. But you may question “to bacon or not to bacon” or maybe you want to take it to another level with curry-infused oil. We went in search of Summer’s Best Tomato Sandwich and here are a few sites without favorites. And it wouldn’t be a Wine Sisterhood Blog post without some perfect Tomato Sandwich wine pairings!

Breakfast of Champions

How do you have a tomato sandwich for breakfast? You put an egg on it! A jammy egg like the ones Ella Quittner puts on her open-faced breakfast delight. Find the full recipe over on Food52.

WINE PAIRING: Make your brunch a celebration with Laetitia Brut Cuvee, a delicious Sparkling Wine from Arroyo Grande, California.

The Classic

The G.O.A.T, The Original: The Southern Tomato Sandwich. This 5-ingredient icon features: Tomato, salt and pepper, Duke’s mayonnaise, and bread (if you’re feeling nostalgic grab the Wonder Bread). Check out the Our Balance Bowl Blog for Haylie Abele’s take on the classic.

WINE PAIRING: Keep it simple, sister. Pair a classic with a classic: Chardonnay.

Simple Tomato Sandwich from Our Balance Bowl, Haylie Abele


BLT: Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato. Salt, Acid, Crunch. This BLT From NYT Cooking By Clare de Boer hits all the right notes and her red wine vinegar trick will give you a taste of summer long past Labor Day.

WINE PAIRING: Girl & Dragon Malbec’s smoky notes complement bacon well. Enjoy a glass and our new Augmented Reality label which tells the story of a girl, a dragon, and their shared adventure.

David Malosh for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

Veggie Girl

“Veggie Girl, Veggie Girl, Veggie Girl you are the queen of my world!” BLT, but make it vegan! For an all-veggie twist on the icon, head to The Conscientious Eater for Faith VanderMolen‘s Vegan BLT with Tempeh Bacon. Savory and smokey, tempeh is a great plant-based protein companion to our beloved tomato.

WINE PAIRING: When we think about what to pair with savory and smoky, whether plant- or animal-based, Syrah comes immediately to mind. Try a Qupe Syrah from California’s Central Coast.

Photo © Faith VanderMolen

Ultimate Grilled

Tomato and melty cheese are a match made in sandwich heaven. This crispy grilled sandwich from My Recipes By Pam Lolley is perfect for dipping in a chilled summer soup. You can easily make it on the stovetop, but up the fun by busting out the grill!

WINE PAIRING: If you love crisp, chilled white wine with but if you want to try something different put this light and elegant Firesteed Pinot Gris from Oregon’s Willamette Valley on your list.

CreditL Kelsey Hansen; Food Styling: Karen Ranken; Prop Styling Audrey Davis

The Game Changer

Ready to take your tomato sandwich up a notch? Try frying your sourdough bread in curried infused oil. The Curried Tomato Sandwich comes from Bon Appetit by ZAYNAB ISSA. The color and spice take the humble tomato sandwich to new heights.

WINE PAIRING: This sandwich has an unusual flavor note with the infusion of curry in the oil used to griddle the bread. We think the bright citrus, watermelon and Queen Anne cherries in Cherry Pie Rose would be a bright counterpoint to this inspired version.

Photograph By Isa Zapata


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