Soccer night heirloom tomato sandwiches


I love the idea of the “soccer dinner”. The meal that you don’t have time to prepare, that needs to magically appear when you arrive home, tired and hungry after an afternoon and evening of practices, games, and driving around. Ideally this takes the form of a take-out container, one that, even more ideally, is delivered straight to your doorstep, hot and ready to eat. Living in New York City, we grew accustomed to that type of service. Unfortunately that is one benefit of city living that did not follow us out West. For those who, like us, can only take so much pizza delivery, I give you the heirloom tomato sandwich.

Now, before you see all of those tomatoes and think about the tomato haters in your life, hear me out. This is the anti-tomato tomato sandwich. My kids inhale these like there’s no tomorrow, and they wouldn’t touch a tomato with a ten foot pole. It must be the combination of ingredients that makes this palatable to even my picky eater. And it’s not just my kids. I’ve served this to friends who would not have been sheepish about pulling the sandwich apart, and they liked it in its entirety. It’s worth a shot. And if you do the slicing in the morning or before starting the carpool run, this meal comes together in no time.

This serves 4 people in my house

1 loaf good-quality kalamata olive bread
2 large heirloom tomatoes
1 1/2 avocados
Parmesan or other sharp hard cheese
Basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar


Thinly slice the olive bread and toast. I use the broiler and only toast one side, partly because I can do a lot of bread at one time, and partly because I put the untoasted sides of bread on the outside of the sandwich to save people the mouth cuts from the potentially sharp edges of toasted bread. But that’s just me.

Slice the tomatoes and avocados. Shave pieces of cheese. Wash the basil leaves.

When ready to assemble the sandwiches, lightly drizzle olive oil over toasted bread. Add slices of tomatoes, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then add avocado slices, cheese, and basil leaves.


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