Heirloom Tomato, Basil, Mayo Sandwiches and a Refreshing Blackberry Lemonade Lager
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to throw together something incredibly and classically delicious.
Heirloom tomatoes, basil, and mayonnaise on sandwich bread. And of course, a heavy sprinkle of kosher salt.
It’s a perfect lunch and there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than this. With all of summer’s tomatoes at their peak right now, it’s just so easy to make something so delicious, so quickly. Tomatoes truly are the best and life’s most tasty canvas, and my favorite summer ingredient by far.
Is it too much in saying that I’ve made myself this sandwich for lunch now three days in a row? I can’t stop, and won’t stop.
It’s a very serious deal if you don’t know. It’s the intensely juicy, tangy, creamy, slighty salty, aromatic, wet combination that just gets you, takes you somewhere new, and leaves you waiting and wondering when would be a good time to consume another. Perhaps 45 minutes after you’ve had your first one.
If this doesn’t set up a summer day for happiness, I don’t know what will.
Slightly toast that bread, slather it away with some mayonnaise, provide some thick center cut slices out of your tomatoes, sprinkle your Maldon or Kosher salt, and call it what you will, it’s just ridiculous. Warm toasty bread with cold tomatoes. Again, here I go with simple contrasts in food and eating. When hot and cold collide, literally at the molecular level, there is nothing better. It’s the same thought of a hot berry crumble with some cold vanilla bean ice cream. It’s much of the same, can’t get enough, back in for more, food LOVE, we all know well.
Above all though, it’s a sandwich that brings with it a philosophy and rule that everyone should live by in the month of August. And that is, to simply eat as many tomato mayo sandwiches that you can possibly stand. And if not only in August, I sure by hope throughout these tomato slaving, summer months.
It hasn’t been difficult abiding by this rule by any means, I tell you.
It’s a beautiful rule, and I simply won’t get enough, ever.
And to wash it all down, a tart blackberry lemonade lager.
What could be more perfect than this meal?
All you will need: blackberries, lemons, some sugar, and a few beers. Yum.
Just puree your berries in a food processor or blender and then force the puree through a fine mesh sieve. This provides a perfect base for a drink. Dollop a spoonful of the blackberry mixture at the bottom of your glasses, add some freshly squeezed lemonade, top it off with a some generous pours of your favorite lager, and then serve it with a garnish of some plump blackberries or lemon slices. An effervescent, delightful, and refreshing summer drink.
I feel like I am screaming summer. Anyone with me?