Our new Toma emerged from the cave incredibly creamy and it melts so beautifully it’ll makes you swoon.
In a perfect timing, late harvest tomatoes are at pick ripeness (we know, we just got some beautiful heirlooms from Terhune Orchards), heavy, meaty, full of flavor….And the chilly air begs for crispy bacon…
We are here today to suggest the ultimate grilled cheese: BTC. Bacon from Simply Grazin’, Tomato from Terhune Orchards, and Toma from us…
You will also need sliced artisanal, crusty local bread (from Witherspoon baking Company in Princeton or Village Bakery in Lawerenceville), 2 slices per person. Add a tangy salad of young fall greens you’ve got a real treat.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a large heavy pan, cook the bacon, one or two stripes per person, turning frequently, until golden-brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels.
Brush the bread slices on both sides with olive oil.
Slice the tomato into ¼ inch thick slices and place on ½ of the bread slices. Sprinkle a little bit of salt.
Place all the bread slices (both those that bear tomatoes and those that don’t) on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until the bread is golden and the tomatoes heated through.
Carefully remove the pan from the oven and place slices of Toma on the tomato-free slices of bread. Top the Toma with the cooked bacon.
Return the bread to the oven and continue cooking until the cheese melts.
Carefully, using clean kitchen towels or mittens to protect you hands, combine the tomato slices and cheeses slices into sandwiches. Press them together to create a grilled-cheese effect and serve immediately.