D'sMom - Posted March 15, 2004 01:54 AM

Instead of a Patty Melt,voila!

The Tomato Melt

2 slices good white or whole wheat bead
1 Tbls.soft butter & 1 Tbls.spicy brown mustard,combined or equal parts mayonnaise & Dijon mustard
4 thin slices peeled ripe summer tomatoes
Salt & pepper to taste
1 c.grated sharp cheddar cheese


Toast bread on both sides,spread each slice with butter or mayonnaise mixture.

Lay 2 slices of tomato overlapping on each slice,season with salt & pepper.

Pack each slice with grated Cheddar cheese,to about a 1/2" thickness,being sure to cover tomato slices completely & the bread right to the edge.

Slide sandwich under a broiler at 400 degrees.Cook 12-15 minutes,til cheese is melted & beginning to bubble at the edges.Serve at once.


Variations:

Use dark or light rye bread & caraway or dill Havarti cheese.

Sprinkle chopped onion or garlic between tomato & cheese.

Omit mustard & spread bread with a heavily herbed butter.

Lay a thin slice of ham between cheese & tomato or top with 2 slices of hot bacon.

Substitute garlic or hot-pepper jelly for butter or mayo. mixture.

Use french or Italian bread,rub w/olive oil instead of butter or mayo.Top with garlic,chopped basil & Provolone cheese.