Kitchen Sink Tomato Sandwich: gluten free style

Cover of "White Trash Cooking (Jargon)"

Cover of White Trash Cooking (Jargon)

It’s time for The Ritual of the First Tomato of the Season.   However, let me say right up front that this is not mine!  Oh no!  I comes from a little gem of a cookbook called White Trash Cooking by Ernest M. Mickler  (the recipe is to be found on page 74).

If you haven’t read White Trash Cooking, well then I know you haven’t discovered the delights of deep south white trash cookin’!

The recipe is simple enough, but I will tell you the authors version is more authentic and infinitely more entertaining!

Kitchen Sink Tomato Sandwich:  (my version)


~ 1 very ripe, fresh picked, still warm from the vine tomato sliced THICK (book says refrigerated, but I like mine warm)

~ 2 Slices of Udi’s whole grain Gluten Free Bread (or your favorite)

~ Enough Mayonnaise to slather onto both pieces of your bread

~ Salt and pepper to taste


Put the mayo onto your bread, add the tomato, salt and pepper, put the other slice on and press it down real good.  Grab it with both hands and eat it over the sink.

Why over the sink you ask?  Well, you don’t want to be wearing all that juice on your clothes do you?  I’m sure that the book references something about “…rolling up your sleeves and letting the juice run down your elbows into the sink.”

This is so simple.   If you haven’t had one, well, then I’m certain you will not believe how really good it tastes!


NOTE:  Other versions online use Wonder bread and Miracle Whip, but I leave those details to your personal taste.  😉  Oh, and do follow the link for Miracle Whip… I had no idea about its history.  An interesting read!

***  This is NOT a paid endorsement, though I wish it were, I just happen to love this cook book! *** 

20 thoughts on “Kitchen Sink Tomato Sandwich: gluten free style

  1. Anke says:

    Anything with tomatoes is a winner in my book. Can’t get enough of them, especially when they’re fresh from the vine.
    Stay dry today. 🙂

    • pixilated2 says:

      Rain? What Rain? I laugh at raindrops! It’s those lightning bolts and thunder that shake the house that make me tremble!!!
      You too! 🙂

  2. Ginger says:

    Haha! This is great! My grandmom used to make these! When I was a child, I can still remember her hollering to my grandfather, “You want a tomato sandwich, Leo?!” Good memories 🙂

    • pixilated2 says:

      Fixed! LOL! Don’t you just hate it when you do that? I did it the other day and the fellow who owned the blog corrected it for me. (I appreciated it)

      I hope you don’t mind!!! XO

  3. Lindy says:

    My version would be the fresh warm tomato (I also do not like my fresh from the vine tomatoes chilled), sliced thick. I would put it on whole grain bread from my favorite local bakery – Pleasanton Bakery. I would use some olive oil mayo and some lovely fresh greens. I’m going to have to give this a try – sounds great.

  4. pixilated2 says:

    Reblogged this on Life on the Farmlet and commented:

    This is a repost from last summer. I am posting it for all of you who have fresh tomatoes in your garden, or are waiting for them to ripen. I also posted it because I just realized that my tomatoes and veg are coming on A FULL MONTH EARLIER than last year! Weird weather…
    ~ Lynda

  5. Garden Correspondent says:

    This is, hands down, my favorite sandwich of all time. I can’t wait for my tomatoes to ripen do I can have one! (And the measure of its success is definitely how juicy it all gets. Thanks for (re)posting this!)

  6. thyme4dreams says:

    Hi Lynda, WOW! It really is a whole month early. Global warming/climate change! I’m still waiting for my tomatoes to ripen but we have had a lot of heat and humidity so it shouldn’t be too long now.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Lindy, we are having a drought so my plants look like heck, and the skins are thick and leathery. However, in spite of that the insides are divine! I am so thankful for our little well out back. Without it I would have compost candidates…
      ~ L

  7. Promenade Claire says:

    Brilliant! And you know I have that book too, my best friend got it for me years ago, and to be honest we belly laughed our way through it! I’m not sure we should have but we did.
    Fresh tomatoes – how lovely!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Claire, what a surprise that you own this book! LOL! I love the book, but really the tomato sandwich is about the only thing I could eat that wouldn’t put me over the edge on the scale. 😉 I do love a lot of the stories and pictures though. They remind me of so many people that I have met, and befriended, in my travels here in the South. ~ L

      • Promenade Claire says:

        I know I kept looking at the recipes and thinking a can of this, some lard or fat here, is there anything I could eat? ! It’s a totally alien world to me, so I didn’t want to laugh too loudly as no doubt my ways are funny to others. How lovely you can experience these things

        • pixilated2 says:

          In the olden days, before I found out I had Celiac, I did used to eat the hush puppies and fried fish…
          They really are delicious, but you wouldn’t want to live on them. It makes me wonder how these recipes got started and from which countries. Or perhaps they are just a tradition of the deep south that originated out of poverty and desperate times?

          Oh Claire, we all have our ways, don’t we? 😀 In high school I ate my french fries dipped in my chocolate shake. It started as a lark, and then I started liking it… ew. My favorite sandwich (before gluten free (GF) bread was so widely available) was made of two GF toaster waffles spread with almond butter, sliced banana, and drizzled with honey. My students used to make fun of me, but seriously, is it any wonder that I put on so much weight in my early years of teaching? Then there was the apple butter with sharp cheddar, and the breakfast cereal with apple sauce and cinnamon (my GF, milk free, version of apple pie for breakfast). YUP, we do have our ways. 😉
          ~ L
          PS: This conversation has me thinking. Wouldn’t it be fun to share our wildest concoctions and then try them all in a taste test? We all have at least one. I am certain of it.

  8. Promenade Claire says:

    I’ve just discovered almond butter, through another blog and I made some cookies with it! As to odd food habits, well I’m sure I have a few, I used to like toast with marmite and sliced bananas for breakfast ….. 😉

    • pixilated2 says:

      OK then, I am going to post a blog entry for everyone to share their closet food fetishes! I think this will be fun. LOL, I never did taste marmite, and now I can’t.
      I hope we get some good stuff! ~ L

  9. Cheryl says:

    Ok well If your not vegan, then you put the mayo on the bread first, then a thin slice of swiss cheese then thick tomatoes repeat on the other slice of bread. The cheese helps keep the bread from getting soggy, yea thats it. LOL

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