The Trifecta

I can die a happy woman. I have, for the first time ever, completely made up my own recipe inspired off of fresh, local produce. Usually I buy something and then run to the books or the internet and try to figure out what to make with it. Not this time. Nope nope. It’s only a sandwich, but oh my word is it the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten, EVER.

Emory University holds a small local farmers market every Tuesday from 2-6 which is nice because I get off at 5:30 and can usually snag some end-of-the-day deals, but also nice because it’s on my walk home from work. Today the pickin’s were slim, but I did snag a huge bunch of broccoli greens (this time I’ll post pictures because broccoli greens are definitely not raab), 2 zucchinis, 6 jalapeños (ideas anyone?), a huge bunch of basil (pesto!), and a green tomato for $8. Not too shabby. The bulk of the cost was the broccoli greens ($4), but definitely worth it because they aren’t easy to find. The seller was impressed that I knew what to do with them.

Anyways, so the green tomato is the point of this whole post. I’m a sucker for fried green tomatoes. There’s just nothing like a plate of fried green tomatoes, a nice cold drink (julep), and porch sittin’ on a summer evening. And since dinnertime was right around the corner, I figured why not fry up a tomato for dinner? But fried green tomatoes are just a side dish. In the middle of that thought I noticed the H&F Bread Co. (maker of the best bread in Atlanta) table with sandwich sized ciabattas for $1 each. Cha-ching, I’m making a sandwich.

On the walk home I continue musing about what to do. Fried green tomato and tofu sandwich? Fried green tomato and seitan sandwich? Fried green tomato and I’m not sure what else sandwich? And then I remembered the fat, juicy, perfectly ripe organic red tomato sitting on my window sill. And then I remembered my container of sun dried tomato strips. And then I knew right then and there that I would be making the worlds most amazing sandwich, a trifecta, if you will. Without further ado and without further comment (because I think you can figure out how perfectly this combination is), I present to you The Trifecta aka The World’s Most Amazing Three Tomato Sandwich.

The Trifecta

1 green tomato
1/4 c coarse cornmeal
1/8 c corn flour
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp cajun seasoning
1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
paper bag

1 small ciabatta
1/2 ripe red tomato
1 leaf romaine lettuce
1 small handful rehydrated sundried tomatoes
whole grain mustard
tabasco sauce

To fry the green tomato:

In a shallow bowl, mix the cornmeal, corn flour, pepper, and cajun seasoning together.

Peel the tomato, then slice into 1/4″ thick slices.

Coat the tomato slices in the cornmeal mixture, then fry over medium heat in the oil until golden on both sides. Place the fried slices in the paper bag and pat the excess oil off.

To make the sandwich:
Slice the ciabatta lengthwise. Spread veganaise on both halves, mustard on one half.

Place the lettuce on the bottom half, then three thin slices of the red tomato. Next layer the fried green tomatoes and a small handful of the sundried tomatoes.

Splash a little (or a lot) tabasco sauce on the inside of the top half. Smoosh the sandwich together, cut in half. Eat before it gets cold.

Makes 1 sandwich.

23 Responses to “The Trifecta”
  1. lazysmurf says:

    YES!!!!!!!! I am making it this weekend. Then I am going to challenge you to a trifecta sandwich duel! That sounds just so awesome I love tomatoes.

  2. Sophie says:

    mmm tomatoes. that is one monster sammie.

  3. abracapocus says:

    what a great summer meal!

  4. Virginia says:

    ahhh! i need to fry up some green tomatoes except that i hate frying things cuz it makes my kitchen stink and a big mess….maybe i am just not good at frying things?? anyway, being a southern girl i dooooo think that sounds delicious!

  5. Amanda says:

    wow..I so want to try this! Perfecta Trifecta!

  6. KiKi says:

    oh, I sosososo want to make this, – but being a curious but clueless Kraut, I simply have to ask this:

    a green tomato, – would that be a special kind of tomato or an unripe “normal” tomato ???

    • Jes says:

      I just used a green, unripe tomato (I don’t remember what kind, probably an heirloom). I think you can buy “green tomatoes” that are marketed as such, but I’d recommend something fresh and local for optimal flavor.

  7. miss v says:

    holy trifecta that sounds good! i love the tabasco addition at the end!

  8. jessy says:

    oh, damn. mmmmmmmmmmm! green tomatoes are one of my favorites as well – (so are mint juleps! hellz yeah!) and your sammie is the most glorious sammie! ever. i’m gonna make this gloriousness with some g.f. bread (which may not be as awesome as your ciabatta, but i’ve gotta try your trifecta!) and make my mouth most happy! thank you one million times! yay!

  9. Be proud! That looks delicious.

  10. Diann says:

    Amazing! I love that you used cajun seasoning and my favorite sundried tomatoes.

  11. shellyfish says:

    You’re just so cute! Bravo – it looks amazing, and if I ever find green tomatoes here I will indeed make one myself!

  12. kelly g. says:

    Wow, that does sound good. I’m especially curious about the fried green tomatoes, as I’ve never tried them before…yum!

  13. Tracy says:

    I made some fried green tomatoes the other day. And zomg, I wish I thought of this trifecta of love. Amazing, beautiful sandwich.

  14. I love you and your sandwich…. I’m going to go steal the huge green tomato off my mom’s vine and make this tonite! :) Shhh don’t tell her it was me that stole it… she thinks the deer are the ones stealing stuff!

  15. fortheloveofguava says:

    okay… already saw this doozy over at Lazysmurf’s who is touting your greatness (I’d have to agree)… umm… can I just say I pretty much want to eat my computer screen right now… clearly I should keep up with your posts… going through like this is a total overload and I may just go crazy and attack the pictures!!! :)

  16. liz says:

    love your idea!!

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