Slices of crusty bread topped with melted mozzarella cheese, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and sweet balsamic vinegar. This heirloom tomato toast is the perfect light summery meal or afternoon snack.
Okay. So… I’m a bread fanatic. I used to be able to eat an entire loaf of French bread by myself in almost a single sitting. Looking back, it’s kind of ridiculous. Just because I could doesn’t mean I should…
But I’m still not over my love for bread. Especially ones that are fresh out of the oven.
One of my favorite breads comes from Acme Bread at the SF Ferry Building. They have the most amazing crusty breads perfect for cutting into small cubes and dipping in seasoned olive oil. I can sit there and eat bread with dipping oil all day long.
Well, today, I wanted to use one of my latest farmer’s market finds, heirloom tomatoes and dry farmed early girl tomatoes. Have you had dry farmed tomatoes? Oh my god. They’re sooo sweet!
Dry farmed tomatoes are when water is being withheld from the growing tomato plant. The roots of the tomatoes then have to dig deep into the ground to find water, which means these tomatoes are completely focused on growing their fruits. And that means that the tomatoes are small but soo flavorful. I actually talked to the vendors from Dirty Girl Produce about it. This type of tomato is perfect right now for California, since we’re in the middle of a drought.
If you have the chance, you absolutely have to try it. Biting into dry farmed tomatoes is like biting into a sweet fruit.
They’re so pretty and bright my phone couldn’t even handle taking a picture of them.
For this recipe, you can use any ripe tomatoes you have on hand. I chose to combine both heirloom tomatoes and dry farmed early girl tomatoes.
Cut thick slices of bread.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of the bread. Bake the bread for about 3-5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the bread. Sprinkle with more cheese if desired.
Then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. I prefer the thick sweet fruity balsamic vinegar, but you can choose your favorite.
Serve the toast slightly warm.
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- 3 slices of bread
- 6 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1-2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place about two tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese onto each slice of bread.
- Warm the bread in the oven for about 3-5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Place slices of heirloom tomatoes on top of the bread.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the toast.
- Serve the toast fresh.