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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tomato Brunch Sandwich



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I tried to ignore this recipe, but for reasons I don't quite understand I kept coming back to it. I finally gave it a try because I wanted something light and different for a family brunch. It garnered rave reviews, so I thought I'd share it with you. The flavors and textures come in layers here. Thick tomato slices are sandwiched together with a layer of herbed cream cheese before being covered with a crunchy crumb coating and fried in a small amount of butter. The end result is delicious. Large tomatoes, the size of small hamburger buns, are required for this dish. You can vary the herbs to suit the season or your taste. Here's the recipe.

Tomato Brunch Sandwich...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
4 large round red tomatoes (ripe but firm)
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water or milk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:
1) Slice tomatoes into 12 half-inch slices, reserving ends for another use.
2) Place cream cheese, garlic, parsley, basil and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.
3) Spread 6 tomato slices with 2 tablespoons cream cheese each. Top each with another slice of tomato to form a sandwich.
4) Place each sandwich in flour, then in egg wash and finally in seasoned bread crumbs.
5) Heat oil and butter together in a large saute pan set over medium heat. When butter has melted, add sandwiches and fry until both sides are golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Serve warm. Yield: 12 sandwiches.

Recipe adapted from Cook-Off America - Volume 3

47 comments :

Tootsie said...

well now this is very different isn't it??? it looks very yummy!
thanks for the sweet comment today...as always!

Sasha said...

These look really good. I like the crispiness factor : ]
Gotta love a sandwich without bread.

the ungourmet said...

What a great twist on the sandwich! I love anything and everything tomato! I think I actually have everything to make this right now.

Lori said...

Thanks for stoping by.. OMG!!! I love everthing....

Taste of My Life said...

Looks yummy and crispy! I like the tomato with sour taste for sandwich.

Maria Berg said...

This sound like something easy I want to try today. I do not have big tomato but I think it will work with small one as well.

Me friends son 15 years old buy chickens and then sell them when they are old enough to be eaten - I have to try to do lemon herb one with one of them.

Maria Berg

My Little Space said...

Alright, this is the recipe that I might be able to get my kids to eat more vegetables. And it look really tasty too!

Katy ~ said...

I can just see the deliciousness in this. Tomatoes, cheese, herbs, so good! I think this would be a terrific side dish, as well. Yes, I must try this!

Natashya said...

I just want to reach in and grab one, they look so tasty! I will have to try these.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

This is a great twist on a tomato sandwich. I love the idea of the bread crumbs in place of the typical bread.

When we lived in Vicksburg, MS they served more tomato sandwiches than any place on earth. There's was the quinticential tomato sandwich on white bread with homemade mayonnaise and it was very, very good. Regardless of how you make a tomato sandwich, I can't get enough of them.

Bravo to you for coming up with a sandwich with no bread.
Sam

Joy said...

I think I will be like you, intrigued by this recipe until I make it! Thanks for sharing it!

Donna-FFW said...

Wow, does this ever sound delicious! What a great twist on a classic. Love it. This will be playing around in my mind for a while now.

Amy said...

Looks yummy. I love cream cheeese combined with a tomato slice. I've had it that way with bagels before. I will try this recipe. Yummy! ~amy

Kim said...

Wow! I cannot wait to try this! It sounds delicious. I loved your Outdoor Wednesday post. Beautiful!

SmilingSally said...

Any sandwich that begins with beefsteak tomatoes gets my attention!

Pam said...

Oh Mary - you literally made me drool. These look simply amazing!

Screamin' Mama said...

That looks really yummy! I love how it has the crumb coat and panfried. So many different textures and tastes. Love it.

Dolores said...

Oh yum yum!!!! This tomato sandwich looks and sounds delicious. I'll try it for sure.

Have a great day!
Dolores

Baking Monster said...

These look soo good!
I so happy, my computer wouldn't let me come on your site for a few weeks, but now I can!yes! Eveything you have been making looks fantastic!

noble pig said...

I would not be able to ignore it either! Sounds and looks like a real winner.

Lisa said...

A great idea for this most promising tomato season! Bookmarked.

Tamara Jansen said...

Hi Mary, I just LOVE the look of your blog....very urban chic :) Also was reading your profile and found it interesting to see you are a retired project manager. Have you ever blogged about your past life? I'd love to read about it!

Apples and Butter said...

I'm collecting tomato recipes for the bounty that's starting to come in from my backyard. Thanks for sharing!

The Fajdich Times said...

That is very interesting and different! It looks great and well worth a try:)

Juliana said...

Wow, such a creative dish...making sandwich with tomatoes...love it!

Carrie said...

I love this idea! Tomatoes and cream cheese together sound great.

Marta said...

I'm so glad you tried this and didn't carry on ignoring it. It somehow reminds me of mozzarella in carrosa. Delicious anyhow, what a gorgeous little stack of fantastic flavours!

Bunny said...

This looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

Helene said...

Looks so delicious, what a great idea.

Pam said...

I have had an abundance of tomatoes and was looking for something different to do with them.
This looks so yummy. Thanks!

Barbara said...

I have a tomato samwich recipe that is similar to this. Yours looks yummy and healthy.

Cindy said...

Yummmmm...that sounds so good!!! I will have to try that recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. I appreciate it! Hugs, ~cindy s~

Aggie said...

oh this looks heavenly...yum!! love the breading!

Faith said...

What a delicious recipe! I love the combination of flavors and textures!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Mary, OMG! This looks and sounds heavenly! I can almost smell how good they must be! I will try these! Thanks!

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

I'm not a big fan of tomatoes (unless they're perfectly sun riped in which case heating them would be a shame!) but this looks so good! the cheese sounds fantastic, and I never would have thought to put breading on it like that.

Lynda said...

I have to admit this sounds extremely good;the cream cheese wins! Thanks!

Rita said...

OMGThis one I will have to try right away. Hubby loves anything "tomato"
thank you
Rita

Olga said...

OMG! This looks incredible!

Ashley's Busy said...

omg, those look fabulous. Were they easy to keep together or did you put the "sandwiches" in the fridge before frying?

Mary said...

Ashly, I didn't refrigerate my sandwiches. The cream cheese held them together well. If you decide to refrigerate don't bread until just before frying.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

WOW this is great - so unique and I am sure a definite crowd favorite!!

Chef Fresco said...

How creative! My dad Loves some tomato sandwiches. I might have to make these for his bday :)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I see someone already commented about our tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches here in the South. I probably eat at least five a week, but I've upgraded from the plain white bread I grew up on.

This tomato sandwich looks divine. It won't replace the "mater" sandwiches I love, but will definitely be a welcome addition to my recipe collection.

Palidor said...

These sandwiches look really tasty. It's a very creative way of cooking tomatoes.

Debinhawaii said...

Looks like a different and very delicious dish!

the happy couple said...

looks amazing! i am bookmarking this now!

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