One of the best things about summer is heirloom tomatoes. I look forward to these juicy fruits every year, and I can’t seem to ever get enough of them. The colors are almost as beautiful as they taste and I like to pile them on or in almost any recipe during the warm weather months.
Toasts are super easy to prepare with either avocado, cheese, sliced deli meat, and especially sliced tomatoes. However, during summer I am more of a purest and enjoy heirloom tomatoes sliced on toasty bread all by themselves. I prepared a fresh thyme aioli or mayonnaise to drizzle over the top, which I make quite thin in consistency, so it doesn’t overpower the delicate tomatoes.
These toasts are great for any meal and super fun to slice up and serve as appetizers before a meal. I think they are perfect just they way they are, but you can always include some other toppings to add your special touch.
2 large heirloom tomatoes
4 slices grainy bread
1 tablespoon butter
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
pinch of salt
8 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
1. Toast bread slices and spread with a little butter. Slice tomatoes extra thin, about 1/4 inch thick.
2. In a blender, add egg yolks and lemon juice and puree until combined. While blender is running, drizzle in vegetable oil very slowly. If you drizzle too fast, aioli may not come together – it should be thick at this point. Add in 5 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves, no stems and salt. Puree again until smooth. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon of water to thin slightly and puree for 1 minute. Pour into a bowl.
3. Layer tomatoes on top of toasts and drizzle with aioli. Top with a few fresh thyme leaves and serve. Enjoy!