James loves preparing classic dishes the old-fashioned way and learning about the history of foods and recipes.
Make Do With What You Got
We've all been there. You're hungry, you don't want to cook something major but you have to eat something . . . but what? Something simple, of course. Time for the poor man's tomato bread. Like what Caesar Cardini did when he came up with the Caesar salad, you got to be quick in the mind as well as in the feet.
Now, for this particular recipe I used the garlic butter from a local pizza joint. You can make your own, but I really, really like their garlic butter. Can you tell where I may have gotten it from?
- 2 hot dog buns, torn apart and flattened
- Garlic butter, store-bought or make your own
- 1 small tomato, sliced and then cut into halves
- Shredded cheese, sprinkle generously but carefully
- Oregano, sprinkle slowly and carefully, not too much!
Step 1: Prep the Bread
- Just grab two hot dog buns (any brand you prefer).
- Tear the buns apart.
- Flatten the top parts of the buns to the size of the bottom parts of the buns.
- Cut the ends of the buns and lightly toast them.
Step 2: Prep the Garlic Butter
- If you're making your own garlic butter: Melt plain butter in a bowl. Then add garlic powder (not garlic salt, I mean . . . you could, but . . . anyway). Sprinkle in as much as you like, to taste. Warning: Not too much!
- When the butter has melted and the garlic powder has been added to taste, wait for the hot dog buns to finish toasting.
Step 3: Apply the Garlic Butter
The key here is to be generous but not too generous.
- After the bread has been toasted and your garlic butter is properly prepared, you may now apply.
- When applying garlic butter to the toasted hot dog buns it'd probably be best if you use a spoon instead of a knife.
- Cover just the inside of the toasted hot dog bun with garlic butter—not the outside.
- You're now ready to apply the cheese.
Step 4: Strategically Place the Cheese
- Remember that you're not making a pizza—you're making poor man's tomato bread.
- Pinch tiny amounts of shredded cheese of your choice (in this example I'm using Taco Blend shredded cheese).
- Sprinkle on top of the toasted hot dog buns carefully (do not let the cheese hang over the edges of the toasted hot dog buns).
Step 5: Add the Tomato
Here's a great use for all of those extra small tomatoes you grew!
- Slice small tomato into about 5 or 6 slices.
- Cut slices evenly in half (half circles).
- Place the tomato slices onto the toasted hot dog bun and cheese.
- Place the tomatoes opposite from one another.
- Sprinkle more cheese over the tomatoes. Be careful and take your time so as not to make a mess!
Step 6: Bake and Enjoy!
Unless you're absolutely sure what the outcome is going to be, never walk away from an oven when baking this snack.
- Place your poor man's tomato bead slices on an oven pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 13-15 minutes or until desired.
© 2021 James Timothy Peters