Would you like (tomato) butt with that?

While my recent work lunch of choice has been a mixed salad affair of chick peas, carrot, cheese, tofu, mushroom, lettuce and kidney beans … there are some days where a salad just won’t do. This may be because I want to eat something warm, something cheaper, or just something else. Where else to turn but to the joys of a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich?

On three separate occasions I’ve indulged in such a toasted sandwich for lunch, with just one small discovery meaning that I shall now be sourcing my sandwiches elsewhere. I’ve found that my sandwich place uses tomato ‘butt’ (otherwise known as the bottom of the tomato) on their toasted sandwiches.

I must admit that I’m pretty fussy about the way I like my toasted sandwiches to be, but I don’t think I’m setting my expectations too high. For me a toasted sandwich should be:

  • a pleasing thickness: not pancake thin so that no filling remains, but not so thick that it’s difficult to eat or the cheese doesn’t melt properly.
  • golden brown in colour: there should be no burnt bits and certainly no pale sections where the butter has barely had time to fry.
  • crispy: one half of the sandwich should be comfortably held for eating in one hand, without it going limp or turning to mush.

However I do firmly believe that one thing toasted sandwiches should not include is the top or the bottom of the tomato – a sandwich is not the place to ‘hide’ offcuts.

Does this bother you too? How do you like your toasted sandwiches?


  1. Lynne

    Your salad sounds nice, healthy too. But I know what you mean, a salad doesn’t always fit the bill. I don’t suppose I’m over fussed about the tomato thing as long as it has a decent piece in it and the filling is full.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – The salad is very healthy, but unfortunately it doesn’t always satisfy on cool days. You’re much less fussy than me when it comes to tomatoes on sandwiches … I hate the chunky end bits I’ve been discovering in mine … I just think it’s something I’ll never be able to ‘overcome’. 🙂

  2. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    I agree – I hate it when lower quality food is hidden. Years ago, for some reason, I was on a chocolate-milk-kick… And then I read that if you actually buy “chocolate milk” at the store, the milk used to make it is lower quality than that used in plain milk. Once again, hiding lower quality food. Needless to say, I’ve never purchased chocolate milk again. Have a beautiful day!
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – Yes, it’s awful when food places get all sneaky with their use of inferior ingredients … it’s just not right! I can’t believe they use lower quality milk for chocolate milk – that definitely doesn’t make sense either!! I suppose the lesson in all such things is that if we make things ourselves or source from original ingredients, we’ll have a better idea of what we’re getting! 🙂

  3. jan

    I’m totally with you. The tomato is my favorite food in the world, but the top and the butt should be assigned to the compost pile.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – How wonderful to have you agree. I like tomato too, and there’s often nothing more delicious than tomato and cheese toasted together on a sandwich, or thin slices of tomato on salted crackers … but that tomato top and butt have no place on the plate for me either!! 😀

  4. sarah

    You make valid points about the humble cheese and tomato toastie {Mmmmmm……I’m far too hungry to be reading a post about food….} and I wouldn’t want to have tomato offcuts in a toastie from a cafe but I’ll be honest, if I’m making one at home, I’m such a greedy gannet that I’d probably shove the vine the tomato came from in there too…..

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sarah – Mmmm … yes, the cheese and tomato toastie is a potent and seriously tasty combination … apologies you had to read about it when feeling hungry! 😉
      I honestly wish eating the ends or tops of tomatoes didn’t bother me, but I’m thinking I’m already set in my tomato ‘ways’ – it’s awesome that you’re not bothered by it! 🙂

  5. Gabrielle Bryden

    You have described the perfect toasted sandwich (one of my favourite things in the world). I hate it when the cheese hasn’t melted properly. Definitely no tomato butts allowed.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thank goodness so many of us have such a healthy appreciation for the wonder that is the cheese and tomato toasted sandwich. Yes, when the cheese isn’t properly melted it all becomes a rather unpleasant experience and takes some of that wonder away. One of my salad places actually puts too much cheese on their toasties, making the sandwich too thick, and therefore making it near impossible to melt all the way through … yuck!
      Those tomato ‘butts’ should be banned! 😉

  6. Susan

    Tomato butt? I shall never look at a tomato the same way ever again! I don’t mind tomato butt or top in my sandwiches as my perfect sandwich is just one that someone else makes for me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Susan – Haha, yes tomato ‘butt’ is an interesting term isn’t it? I wasn’t sure how else to describe it! Gosh, you’re so much less fussy than me … I hate the chunky end bits that can pop up in my sandwiches or salads … but yes, there’s something extra delicious about a sandwich made for us by someone else! 🙂

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