This post, I’m sorry to tell you, has nothing to do with gift giving. Not by any stretch of the imagination. It is just a recipe for a really great sandwich. I hope you’ll forgive me for straying from my topic. I also hope you’ll go pick a homegrown tomato this weekend and try this sandwich. I promise you, it will be incredible.
1. your favorite bread
2. mayo or your favorite spread
3. cotija cheese (a yummy, salty cheese made partly from skim milk you’ll find in the Mexican section)
4. a homegrown tomato (still an incredible ‘wich with store-bought tomatoes, but homegrown will take this sandwich through the roof)
1. Preheat your pan to medium. I like to use my cast iron because everything from the pan tastes better after cotija’s been in it.
2. Slice a piece or two of cotija, then get everything else ready. Slice your tomato, toast your bread, and get your beverage of choice ready. It is essential to have everything poised and in place so you can experience the sandwich right after the cotija comes off the pan.
3. Throw the cotija in the pan. Cook on both sides until the outside is golden-crispy-brown and the inside is soft.
4. Assemble your sandwich: bread, mayo, cheese, tomato. No salt necessary, the cotija takes care of that. Whisk the sandwich to the table where your drink is waiting and enjoy some serious summer tomato bliss.
If you’ve never used cotija before, and don’t know what to do with the rest of the block (besides make more heavenly sandwiches, which I promise you will do), it is incredible on many things. Sprinkle over grilled corn with lime, grate it and grill it on corn tortillas before they become tacos, or sprinkle over your favorite meat sauce.