Bobby Deen's Take on Southern Tomato Sandwiches

Watch Bobby slim down this Georgia-sweet favorite.
From Mamas Table To Mine An expert at slimming down Southern comfort food, author, restaurant veteran and television cooking-show host Bobby Deen invites us to watch and learn as he prepares four fantastic recipes from his book From Mama's Table to Mine.

Keep them rustic or cut them fancy; either way, these Southern sandwiches are super-flavorful (try the basil mayo on wraps and burgers, too) and easy to make. We like these best on thin, whole-wheat sandwich bread.

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Southern Tomato Sandwiches

Adapted from From Mama’s Table to Mine

Tomato sandwiches are something special in the South. You’ll find them at most afternoon get-togethers, from weddings to birthday parties to christenings. But since they’re so easy to make, you’ll also find them on the table on any given weekday. Fresh tomatoes paired with Vidalia onions — well, it just doesn’t get much more Georgia-sweet than that.

Makes 4 servings
PointsPlus® value: 4


  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 8 slices whole-wheat or white bread, crusts removed**
  • 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced1 small Vidalia or other sweet onion


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, basil and pepper. Spread one side of each slice of bread with mayonnaise mixture. Top 4 slices of bread with tomatoes and season lightly with pepper.
  2. Thinly slice one-half of onion into rounds, reserving other half for another use. Top tomatoes with onion rings. Cover with remaining bread slices and serve.
  • Serving size: 1 sandwich

**Notes from

  • When calculating the PointsPlus values for this recipe:
    1. We used very thin whole-wheat bread.
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