I have plenty of friends who have given up on bread in varying degrees. Some permanently, and some give it up every time they want to lose a little weight. I try to be supportive, so sometimes I sit with them in a restaurant or at the dinner table and watch them struggle through a bunless-burger using a knife and fork. I try to be a good friend and forgo bread myself (temporarily), but I always end up picking at the crust of the baguette when they aren’t looking, or making toast after they’ve left the room. So I made a Tomato Sandwich with Egg Salad and Bacon to remind myself why I can never give up on bread. Which might seem like an odd statement. After all, it’s an Egg Salad and Tomato Sandwich, the bread is not supposed to be the star.
While I do love bread for itself. It’s what bread can do for other ingredients that makes it such an important part of my eating habits. There’s a reason bread, wine and cheese are considered a “holy trinity” in France. Is there anything so amazing as bread and butter? Well, maybe toast and butter. Bread has another bonus. Bread makes most anything portable. I’m a sandwich geek.
Currently I’m enjoying the heirloom tomato sandwich in all its forms. You have to admit there’s nothing quite like a fresh, lightly salted, warm from the sun tomato nestled between two slices of toast. Just the thought of them together is all the reminder I need– I will never give up on bread.
Toasty bread and tomatoes are a terrific starting place for an ever-changing summer sandwich. As long as the tomato is ripe and the bread is good– toast and tomatoes are the only constant elements I require. Some of the best tomato sandwiches I’ve ever eaten had nothing more than a thick swoop of homemade mayo. Add an avocado if you want to, or egg salad if you prefer. It doesn’t really matter: be it bruschetta, a classic BLT or this revved up Tomato Sandwich with Egg Salad and Bacon, you’ll always find bread on my plate. GREG