Classic Tomato Sandwich.

This time of year we always have an abundance of tomatoes in the vegetable garden. The last few years I’ve had to rescue the ripe ones from the bugs and the birds, so any prize that actually makes it inside unscathed is a true treasure.

the perfect classic tomato sandwich / heirloomed

When I pick my tomato plants for planting at the beginning of the season I always mix them up to include a variety of tomatoes because they all really do have such a special and distinct flavor. I am such a fan of Ugly Tomatoes and Heirlooms (of course), but as a lover of a Classic Tomato Sandwich I know the only tomato to use for this Summer staple is a Beefstake. The bigger and most bright red, the better. 

For pretty styling purposes I went back and forth as to whether I should make this post a BLT, adding some bacon or greens to make the shot just a little better but finally decided against it to keep it true to Tomato Sandwich style.

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Now, this is a simple one that really just takes some assembly but if you follow it to a tee then you’ll get that farm fresh flavor you’re looking for. A few keys aside from your tomato choice are the simplicity of using old-school white bread, seasoning with just a heavy sprinkle of kosher salt and cracked pepper, and of course a heavy spreading of Dukes Mayo on both sides of the bread. 

Slathering both sides will give it a lot of tangy flavor, but will also keep the thick slices of tomatoes a bit more in place when you take a bite. And I always recommend this one that one special week or two when the flavor of the tomatoes are at their peek, because nothing truly beats the earthy tone at that moment.

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Classic Tomato Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Author:
This simple sandwich lets vine-ripened summer tomatoes be the star of the dish.

ingredients:

For the Sandwich
  • 4 slices of white bread
  • 1 large Beefsteak tomato
  • 2-4 TBSP Dukes Mayo (to taste)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

instructions:

How to cook Classic Tomato Sandwich

  1. Slice tomato into medium-thick slices and set aside. Generously spread mayonnaise onto each slice of bread. Layer tomato slices onto a single slice of bread and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the final slice of bread on top to make your sandwich. Enjoy!
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As you can see I had one of my little helper along to assemble these for lunch, as he’s home with me this week for “Camp Mama,” a Summer tradition I now plan to continue for as long as I possibly can. 

I hope you enjoy while the tomatoes are still perfect! #HEIRLOOMED


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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Savory Chicken Salad.

There are two kinds of people out there - ones that love sweet chicken salad, and ones that love savory. I am 100% team savory and finding the perfect, basic chicken salad is one of the best skills you can learn.

From there you can always take it and doctor it up or try a few variations, but this is my go-to staple when making chicken salad. As our Southern Kitchen Bucket List continues, I'm sharing my best recipe that includes fresh tarragon, toasted almond slivers and a bright touch of lemon.

Savory Chicken Salad Salad recipe / heirloomed

I'm one of those that doesn't like my "salads" (read : egg, potato, chicken, pasta) too goopy, so the perfect ration of chicken to mayo is essential. I always use Dukes in my kitchen because it has that great tang to it, and for this recipe in particular I use a bit of sour cream to amp up that flavor even more giving it the best base for a savory recipe.

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southern savory chicken salad salad with sour cream / heirloomed

I also love a good chicken salad salad, you know, on a bed of lettuce instead of a big hearty loaf of bread. I think the heaviness of the chicken is usually enough for this lunchtime recipe, so getting my greens in this way is easy peasy. 

Here I dressed a simple mixed super greens blend with my favorite go-to dressing, Garlic Express, which is really just a hefty dose of garlic and a good amount of apple cider vinegar. It's such a wonderful, healthy dressing and tastes just as good as homemade (which I never say about a pre-made dressing) - a staple in our house that even the kids love!

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toasted slivered almonds for chicken salad recipe / heirloomed

Toasting the slivered almonds for just a minute gives them a rich, nutty flavor and amps up the crunch against the texture of the chicken salad. And a lot of freshly cracked pepper with a hearty splash of fresh lemon juice helps to balance the mayo / sour cream base. I love the flavor of tarragon and always have some growing in my herb garden, but you could certainly sub in your favorite, like thyme or chives.

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Savory Chicken Salad

Yield: 3 cups
Author:
Whether you prefer sweet or savory chicken salad, this recipe makes the best base to be doctored up. Try with homemade mayo and fresh bread.

ingredients:

  • 4 qty boneless, skinless, organic chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup of Dukes mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP of sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Bunch of fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup of slivered almonds
  • Cracked pepper + kosher salt to taste

instructions:

How to cook Savory Chicken Salad

  1. Fill a large pot with water, salt, and bring to a boil. Insert chicken breasts and allow to cook for approximately 15-20 minutes until fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove and pat dry, allowing them to cool completely in the refrigerator.
  2. In a small dry skillet, toast slivered almonds tossing constantly for approximately 1 minute, just long enough to give them a slightly brown color. Transfer into a bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Once cool, take chicken breasts and cut into chunks approximately 1/2 an inch and set aside in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine mayo and sour cream, stirring to together to blend. Stir in fresh lemon and tarragon leaves.
  4. Add creamy mixture to cubed chicken, slowly folding it into the chicken in batches to allow you to get your preferred consistency. Once the texture is to your liking, add toasted almonds and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Set savory chicken salad atop a bed of freshly dressed lettuce greens or enjoy as a sandwich between two pieces of lightly toasted, hearty wheat bread.
  6. Enjoy!
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I think this recipe is so fresh for a beautiful lunchtime spread, and love how it pairs with our Selvedge Edge Railroad Stripe Tea Towels and vintage silverware and enamelware, like the pieces from our Vintage Goods stock.

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Love to know if you're team "sweet" or "savory" and what other ways you like to doctor up your own chicken salad! #HEIRLOOMED


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