Martha’s Open-Faced Grilled Tomato Sandwiches

From “Life of Fire” by Pat Martin
Nashville restaurateur and pitmaster Pat Martin makes a recipe from his debut cookbook.
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 1:19 PM CDT
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Makes 2 Open-Faced Sandwiches

1 large heirloom tomato (use a meaty, sweet variety, like Cherokee Purple or Brandywine)

2 tablespoons hemp hearts or pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons olive oil

Fleur de sel or other flaky salt

2 thick slices sourdough or country white bread

Mayonnaise (Duke’s brand strongly preferred), to taste

Cut the tomato into ¾-inch-thick slices. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 30 minutes.

In a small skillet, heat the hemp hearts over medium heat, tossing constantly, until the hearts start to turn brown and smell nutty, 2 to 3 minutes, but trust your eyes and nose more than a timer. Remove from the heat and toss the hearts for another 30 seconds, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Prepare a medium-high grill (4 to 5 seconds using the Hand Test, page 46).

Clean and oil the grill grates well.

Brush both sides of each tomato slice with the olive oil and season with fleur de sel.

Grill the tomatoes until lightly charred on one side, about 3 minutes,

then flip and grill until the other side is lightly charred, about 3 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, brush both sides of the bread with mayonnaise and grill until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

To assemble, spread more mayonnaise on one side of each piece of toast.

Top with a tomato slice and sprinkle with toasted hemp seeds and fleur de sel.


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