Vegan Toasted Garlicky Tomato Sandwich with Basil & a Grape Lemon Reduction

If you have never had a toasted garlicky tomato sandwich before, you have been missing out. This is one of those recipes that seems deceptively simple, but the flavor combination makes this a gourmet all time favorite. The trick to this wonderful sandwich is plenty of garlic, plenty of basil, and farm fresh tomatoes. It is absolutely wonderful with the grape lemon reduction, but the sandwich can definitely stand on its own. So if you are short of time, skip the reduction, or make it ahead of time and store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for several days.

Grape Lemon Reduction

  • 1/2 cup frozen red grape juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

In a small saucepan add the ingredients. Slowly bring to a boil. Let simmer (without lid) for about 12 minutes. Be careful not to burn. Set aside, let cool.

Toasted Garlicky Tomato Sandwich

  • 4-6 thin slices of bread (french)
  • 1-2 large tomatoes sliced thinly
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt
  • Oil for bread
  • 1/4 cup basil, minced

Preheat oven to 425F
Brush each side of sliced bread lightly with olive oil
Spread generously with minced garlic (only one side)
Cover with two thin slices of tomato.
Sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until bread has a toasted edge
Sprinkle with generous amounts of minced basil and a few lines of the grape reduction. Serve immediately.

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