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End Of Summer Denial Sandwich

Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail

Oven-roasted cherry tomatoes provide juicy sweetness against the creamy intensity of aged cheddar in this sandwich bursting with late-summer flavours.

Ingredients

1 pint cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt

pepper

crusty baguette

salted cultured butter, such as French Beurre D’isigny

old cheddar, such as Balderson three-year-old

basil leaves

Method

Night-before prep: Toss one pint cherry tomatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper. Lay on a parchment-lined cookie sheet (to speed cleanup) and put into a 400°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until tomatoes are slightly shrivelled. Let cool.

Assembly: Spread one side of a baguette generously with salted cultured butter (such as French Beurre D’isigny). Add thick slices of aged cheddar (Balderson three-year-old is perfect) and layer with fresh basil. Keep the tomatoes separate until lunchtime to prevent sogginess. The tomatoes are great at room temperature but a quick zap in the office microwave brings out their flavour even more.

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