My mom and I have made this addictive tomato and grilled bread appetizer a couple of times now. The first time we made it we foolishly made only half a loaf, wanting to save room for dinner. After promptly polishing it off, we promptly made another. We love tomatoes in our family and this love is deep rooted. I was in Calgary last weekend for a family tea party and my mom and I were talking tomatoes. She mentioned that tomato sandwiches are her comfort food. When she was a child she was really sick and when she felt better, the first thing she ate was a tomato sandwich that my grandmother had made her. She said it tasted so good to her, that simple tomato sandwich. This recipe is simple and delicious too. Tomatoes are in full swing this time of the year and are ripely abundant at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market (picture below). Seeing these luscious tomatoes reminded me that I needed to post this recipe. -bvox
Tomatoes on Grilled Bread
Adapted from Martha Stewart
- 3 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes, ranging in color from red or orange to yellow and green
- 1 large, long rustic Italian loaf, such as ciabatta
- 2 cloves garlic, split in half crosswise
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, divided
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, shredded
Preheat grill to high heat. Trim top crust of loaf slightly to make a flat surface, then slice loaf horizontally to create 2 long halves. Grill bread until moderately charred, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Rub bread on both sides of each half with garlic and place, cut sides up, on a platter.
Cut tomatoes into thin slices. Combine crushed garlic and 1/4 cup olive oil and brush on bread. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt; season with pepper.
Shingle tomato slices on bread, arranging by color and covering each entire surface. Drizzle remaining oil over tomatoes and season with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle shredded basil on top. Cut into wedges and eat promptly. Maybe make another.
Heirloom tomatoes at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. (Aug 25, 2013)