20 Ways To Eat: Tomatoes #5

What is the most common lunch menu item? Sandwiches! This one from myrecipes.com is called Over-The-Top for good reason. It’s filled with so many mouth-watering ingredients it just can’t help being over the top. Plus, it makes four huge sandwiches…

Over-The-Top Tomato Sandwich

Total Time: 30 min   Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 artisan sourdough or multigrain bread slices
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 pounds ripe beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes (about 5 medium)
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh arugula
  • 8 thick bacon slices, cooked


Brush both sides of bread slices lightly with melted butter. Cook bread slices in a large skillet over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until toasted.

Cut tomatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place in a single layer on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, and let stand 10 minutes.

Process basil, oregano, and 2 Tbsp. oil in a food processor or mini chopper until finely ground. Add mayonnaise and 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to processor; pulse until smooth.

Stir together remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice in a medium bowl; add arugula, and toss to coat. Spread mayonnaise mixture on 1 side of each bread slice. Layer 4 bread slices with tomato slices, arugula mixture, and 2 bacon slices. Top with remaining 4 bread slices, mayonnaise-side down.

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