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Summer’s most iconic sandwich is a perfect dish the whole family will appreciate

Lan Lam, America's Test Kitchen on

Summer’s most iconic sandwich — voluptuous tomato slices heaped between slices of toasted, mayo-slicked white bread — seems a straightforward, simple pleasure. But don’t let its modest appearance fool you. This juicy, drippy stack actually pulls off a delicate culinary balancing act: The bread offers crunch that contrasts with the tomato’s softness; the richness of the mayo complements the acidity of the fruit; and the brilliant red slices at the center of it all are at once juicy, sweet, tart, meaty and savory.

Griddled Tomato Sandwiches

Serves 2

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 (4-inch) field or heirloom tomatoes, cored and sliced 3/4-inch thick

 

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons mayonnaise, divided

4 slices hearty white sandwich bread

1. Stir cream of tartar, salt, sugar, and pepper together in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture on both sides of tomato slices. Spread 1 teaspoon mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread.

2. Place two slices of bread, mayonnaise side down, in a 12-inch skillet. Cook over medium heat, moving bread if necessary for even browning, until underside is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board griddled side up. Cook remaining two bread slices until underside is golden brown, about 30 seconds. Let cool until griddled side is crisp, about 2 minutes.

3. Evenly spread 2 teaspoons mayonnaise onto ungriddled sides of two slices of bread. Top with tomato slices in a single layer, cutting tomato slices to fit if necessary. Place remaining bread slices on top of tomatoes, griddled side up. Serve.

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