I used to HATE tomatoes as a kid, and it absolutely revolved around taste and texture. Nowadays, I can’t get enough tomatoes, and openly mock those that can’t appreciate a sun-ripened beefy beauty, drizzled with just a little bit of olive oil and flaky sea salt. (I said what I said.)
That being said, I’ve been known to get a little overzealous in my tomato buying, whether it’s at the grocery store or my local greenmarkets. Then…sometimes…they sit in the fridge, sad and a little mushy.
I hate to waste, so I had to think of something to do with them.
Needless to say, this recipe is kind of my JAM.
(Not afraid of a good-bad food pun…)
This is my latest recipe for Yoga By Candace, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! It’s got a savory sweetness to it, a little ketchup-y in flavor but this ain’t no Heinz! I eat it by the spoonful because…of course I do. Ha! It also goes great on top of scrambled eggs or swirled into a big bowl of creamy polenta, as shown below.
Hint: Play around with different color tomatoes! Red will yield a gorgeous jam, but I used mostly yellow plus an orange tomato in this particular photographed batch, giving it its gorgeous rusty hue.
For the first half of this pandemic, my daily lunch was usually a cheese quesadilla, smothered in salsa and topped with a fried egg. I determined that salsa counts as a serving of vegetables in these trying times.
Now as we’re fully into summer – hello there, July! You snuck up out of nowhere! – I’ve transitioned from that lunch into cheesy scrambled eggs with a side of summer sautéed veggies, such as zucchini, yellow squash, or tomatoes. On those days I need a few extra carbs in my belly, I’ll whip up this adorable little sandwich that is oh – so – satisfying!
Recently, I linked up with the fine folks at NYC Bakery Direct by the Bread Gal Bakery, and NYC-area woman-owned company. Once a wholesale provider to many institutions such as NYU, The Plaza Hotel, and Barclays Center, they are now providing direct – to – customer baked goods! Their simple and slightly sweet brioche buns make a perfect vessel for these savory cheddary eggs, with that thick slice of tomato in the middle providing a juicy bite. (P.S.: Keep an eye out for a full review of the many products I tried from NYC Bakery Direct later next week!)
I have to laugh a little bit at my sudden love of scrambled eggs: I was very adverse to them for, well, roughly the past 30 years. My mom said I used to love them as a kid, but soon became disgusted by them. As with most things with life, adding cheese to them makes them palatable.
(Note – Bread used in this recipe was provided for a paid partnership with NYC Bakery Direct. All opinions are my own!)
Cheesy Scrambled Egg & Tomato Sandwich
3 ounces cheddar cheese (2 oz. finely shredded [for scrambled eggs), 1 oz. medium shredded [for topping sandwich])
Splash of milk (optional, but highly recommended)
1 tablespoon butter (I’ll leave salted or unsalted up to you!)
1 thick slice of tomato
Bread of choice (This is great served on a brioche roll, but also excellent on an English muffin!)
1.) In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs, 2 oz. of finely shredded cheddar cheese, and splash of milk until evenly combined.
2.) In a large frying pan, slowly melt butter over medium-low heat. Once melted, add scrambled egg mixture. Allow to sit for 30 seconds, untouched. Using a spatula, slowly stir eggs until curds start to form; keep gently stirring eggs until almost cooked through. Remove from heat, as they will continue to cook from the residual pan heat.
3.) Arrange sandwich on bread as follows: 1/2 of the scrambled eggs, layer of tomato, 1/2 scrambled eggs, and top with the remaining 1 oz. of cheese. Enjoy!