What to do with the oil from your marinated sun-dried tomatoes, when the tomatoes are gone: Use it to fry other stuff. Pan-fried fresh tomato and roasted pepper strips on Italian bread with Homemade Animal-Free Butter. Textures and tastes like a grilled cheese from the old days!

Makes 1 sandwich

oil from your sun-dried tomato jar

2-3 slices fresh tomato

red roasted pepper half or strips to cover the bread slice

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Homemade Animal-Free Butter

2 slices white Italiano sandwich bread, lightly toasted

Place 1-2 T. oil in medium cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Place tomato slices in skillet, lightly salt and cook till browned on both sides. Transfer to plate.

Oil skillet a little more, then fry red roasted peppers in the same way, till browned. Transfer to plate.

Spread both halves of the lightly toasted bread with Homemade Animal-Free Butter (see in Animal-Free Dairy section).

Place fried roasted peppers on one half, fried tomatoes on second half.

Liberally sprinkle freshly ground black pepper over the tomatoes. Close, cut and serve.

Notes: Such an easy sandwich, when you want quick, but hot. The soft texture of the Homemade Animal-Free Butter teams up expertly with the roasted peppers and tomato to make you think you just had an old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich, not the kind made from orange cheese, the kind made from thin slices of white American.  As kids, my father would make his with either tomato slices or roasted peppers with lots of black pepper. He always squished the sandwich down a bit in the pan. Here, instead of grilling the bread, we grill the peppers and tomatoes, then spread the ‘butter’ on the toast to give you the essence of the texture and flavor of grilled cheese. I love this sandwich.

Your peppers and tomatoes aren’t done till they’re partially charred. Don’t turn in pan till they’re charred on one side. Then flip and char the other side.

When making sandwiches, it’s always better to under-toast your bread than make the bread crisp throughout.  If the bread is too hard it will ruin the texture achievement. Slightly crisp on the outside, while still soft in the middle is what we always want.



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