One of my favorite summer memories is back in college when I spent two summers living with my grandparents down in Ocean City, Maryland.
They had a small hotel that they ran, so I’d help them with cleaning the rooms when I wasn’t busy working at a local pizza place. We’d eat most dinners together – just the three of us – and often had fresh fruits and veggies from a nearby farmer’s stand.
That is where I first had tomato sandwiches.
Now, for most people the sandwich would be missing the lunch meat… but for me this was the perfect combination of toasted bread, tomato, a little mayo, salt and pepper.
It’s been almost 20 years since I lived down in Ocean City and looking at a fresh, red tomato brings me right back. However, every time I go to the grocery store all I see are lame pink tomatoes that don’t look like they taste like anything. I actually have thought about trying to grown my own tomatoes, but with my black thumb I figured it would be a waste of energy.
This is why when my friend reached out to ask if I’d be interested in trying tomatoes from Tasti-Lee, I jumped at the chance. According to their press release, while all tomatoes are high in heart-healthy nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, biotin, potassium, fiber and the antioxident lycopene, the Tasti-Lee tomatoes have the highest levels of lycopene in any tomato variety in the United States.
A couple days later, I got these in the mail… 20 tomatoes!
I figured I’d try them out by making two of my favorite (and super easy) tomato recipes: the tomato sandwich and tomatoes & fresh mozzarella.
First up, check out my tomato sandwich:
I swear, it is exactly like the ones I had almost 20 years ago!
I also threw together some sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, coarse salt and pepper:
YUM! I don’t know how those food blogger-types do it, because both these treats were gone within about 2 minutes of taking the photos.
Now I need your help — I still have a bunch of tomatoes left and I’d love to know your favorite tomato recipes!
Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Tasti-Lee. I received the tomatoes to try and loved them so much that I wanted to tell you all about them. All thoughts, opinions and super easy recipes are my own.