Beefsteak Tomato Sandwich

José Andrés makes the tomato sandwich of our dreams
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100% would make again
Jose Andres' Beefsteak Tomato Sandwich
Photo: Dave Katz/Tasting Table 

The tomato sandwich gets an upgrade from chef José Andrés: He blanches the tomato and removes its skin to make for a more velvety texture and smoother bite. It's the ideal summer sandwich: light, fresh and a little messy.

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Beefsteak Tomato Sandwich

Recipe adapted from José Andrés, Beefsteak, Washington, D.C.

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour macerating time

Cook Time: Less than 1 minute

Total Time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour macerating time


For the Pickled Red Onions:

1 small red onion, halved and very thinly sliced

⅔ cup water

⅓ cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Pinch kosher salt

2 teaspoons fresh thyme

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

For the Herbed Mayo:

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons capers, chopped

2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Kosher salt

For the Sandwich:

1 large beefsteak tomato

4 brioche buns, split in half and toasted

Herbed mayo

2 avocados, halved and cut into 12 slices

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Olive oil, for drizzling

¼ cup pickled onions

1 cup alfalfa sprouts


1. Make the pickled red onions: Place the onions in a medium nonreactive bowl. In a small-size saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, thyme and black peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Pour over the red onions and let macerate for 1 hour. Drain the liquid and discard the thyme and peppercorns. Makes 1½ cups.

2. Make the herbed mayo: In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, capers, parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and set aside. Makes 1 cup.

3. Make the sandwich: Prepare an ice bath. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Using a paring knife, cut a small "x" on the bottom of each tomato. Using a slotted spoon, lower the tomato into the boiling water and cook until the skin starts to peel back slightly, 10 to 20 seconds. Immediately transfer the tomato to the ice bath. After about 10 to 15 seconds, remove the tomato from the ice bath and use the paring knife to peel off the skin. Cut the tomato into four ¾-inch-thick slices.

4. Spread both halves of each bun with the herbed mayonnaise. Season the tomato and avocado slices with salt and pepper. Place 1 tomato slice and a few slices of avocado on each bottom bun, then drizzle with olive oil. Top each sandwich with pickled onions, alfalfa sprouts and the top bun, and serve.

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