|Gourmet "Southern Tomato Sandwich" Crostini with Homemade Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Aioli, |
Bacon Fat Fried Toast, Heirloom Tomatoes, & Brown Butter
|Here is one that is plain, but the brown butter and fresh chives are crucial!|
For the Homemade Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Aioli:
1 Egg Yolk
1 ½t Fresh Lemon Juice
1t White Wine Vinegar
¼t Dijon Mustard
1 Garlic Clove, Minced into a Paste (with a little sea salt)
½t Sea salt (plus a little more to taste, if needed)
¾C Canola Oil
1-2t Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
For the “Southern Tomato Sandwich” Crostini:
Thick Slices of Country Bread (I used my favorite recipe for bread)
Rendered Bacon Fat, For Frying
Prepared Homemade Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Aioli
Heirloom Tomatoes, Sliced & Seasoned Lightly with Sea Salt
Brown Butter, Melted (for drizzling)
Fresh Minced Chives
1. For the Homemade Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Aioli: Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, minced garlic, and ½t salt in medium bowl. Whisk until blended and bright yellow, about 30 seconds. Using ¼t measuring spoon and whisking constantly, add ¼C canola oil to yolk mixture, a few drops at a time, about 4-5 minutes. Gradually add remaining ½C canola oil in very slow thin stream, whisking constantly, until mayonnaise is thick, about 8-10 minutes (mayonnaise will be lighter in color). Season the mayo with the fresh cracked black pepper and a little sugar to taste. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to use.
2. For the Bacon Fat Fried Toast: Heat about 1 inch of rendered bacon fat in a deep sauté pan over medium-high heat. Fry the slices of bread in the oil until golden brown & crispy, about 2 minutes on each side. Once the bread is done, immediately remove them from the oil and slightly drain them on paper towels to get rid of excess oil. Place them onto a serving plate.
3. For the Crostini: Spread the bacon fat fried toast with a thick layer of the Homemade Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Aioli. Top the aioli with slices of seasoned heirloom tomatoes, and then drizzle tops of the tomatoes with some brown butter. Garnish with some fresh parsley, basil, or chives.
4. Enjoy immediately!
Oh and now for some Heirloom Tomato food porn...
How amazing do those look? My mouth is watering as I type.