The Original Bell Family Fried Tomato Sandwich with Parmesan Pesto

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My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and can be adapted to be vegetarian, vegan or meat-eater-worthy, lol. This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold. The key is homegrown Beefsteak or Jersey Tomatoes.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time20 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time30 mins

 1 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes Slightly Under Ripe
 1 cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs (I prefer Cento brand)
 1 cup Unbleached Flour
 ½ cup Milk (2% or Whole)
 1 Egg
 3 tbsp Olive Oil
 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
 1 cup Parmesan Pesto (See Recipe)

1

Pick your tomatoes!

Gently whisk together egg with milk in a shallow mixing bowl or dish.

Fill one dish with flour. Fill another dish with the breadcrumbs.

After you've prepped your breading area, slice your tomatoes lengthwise into 1/4" thick slices.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

2

Slowly bring your cast iron pan up to medium heat, adding olive oil and butter.

While the pan is heating, dredge your tomato slices in the flour, then the egg mix, then the breadcrumbs. Repeat this step for all the slices. Set aside until oil and butter in pan has coated the surface evenly.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

3

Add the slices to the pan, gently flipping after 2-3 minutes or a golden crisp. After all breaded slices have been fried, transfer to a dish with paper towel to absorb excess oils.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

4

While tomato slices are cooling, using your pre-heated cast iron pan, lay each brioche slice flat in the pan to toast. After they've reached a golden crisp, transfer onto their serving plates.

Depending on size sandwich desired (single of double decker), layer with fried tomato slice, parmesan pesto sauce, greens (I use baby spinach), another tomato slice, some more parmesan pesto sauce, then top with slice of brioche.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Ingredients

 1 Large Beefsteak Tomatoes Slightly Under Ripe
 1 cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs (I prefer Cento brand)
 1 cup Unbleached Flour
 ½ cup Milk (2% or Whole)
 1 Egg
 3 tbsp Olive Oil
 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
 1 cup Parmesan Pesto (See Recipe)

Directions

1

Pick your tomatoes!

Gently whisk together egg with milk in a shallow mixing bowl or dish.

Fill one dish with flour. Fill another dish with the breadcrumbs.

After you've prepped your breading area, slice your tomatoes lengthwise into 1/4" thick slices.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

2

Slowly bring your cast iron pan up to medium heat, adding olive oil and butter.

While the pan is heating, dredge your tomato slices in the flour, then the egg mix, then the breadcrumbs. Repeat this step for all the slices. Set aside until oil and butter in pan has coated the surface evenly.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

3

Add the slices to the pan, gently flipping after 2-3 minutes or a golden crisp. After all breaded slices have been fried, transfer to a dish with paper towel to absorb excess oils.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

4

While tomato slices are cooling, using your pre-heated cast iron pan, lay each brioche slice flat in the pan to toast. After they've reached a golden crisp, transfer onto their serving plates.

Depending on size sandwich desired (single of double decker), layer with fried tomato slice, parmesan pesto sauce, greens (I use baby spinach), another tomato slice, some more parmesan pesto sauce, then top with slice of brioche.

My Tomato Sandwich Recipe is gloriously simple and arguably the original zucchini pizza and so easy! This Summer Cast Iron treat can be enjoyed hot or cold.

The Original Bell Family Fried Tomato Sandwich with Parmesan Pesto