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Fried Tomato Panini

Fried Heirloom Tomatoes Sandwich on a wooden board and cut in half. You can see the gooeyness of the cheese and the tomatoes mixed together.
Fried Heirloom Tomato Sandwich

I love a good pressed sandwich/panini and then having it with fried tomatoes? Oh my! That is taking it to a whole other level for me! I went with heirloom tomatoes because my supermarket didn’t have green tomatoes. What a sin! hahaha! So I decided to give the heirloom a try and it did not disappoint. In fact, I think this is the way I am going to go from now on when I fry tomatoes. Of course, feel free to use a green tomato if you prefer.

I also added red tomatoes because they don’t have that tart, acidic flavor and balance the flavors perfectly in this panini. Adding the jalapeno pepper jack cheese gives it a hint of heat. Man! This sandwich is just perfection! You must give it a try, it’s super simple and I promise, will be in your preferred sandwich rotation forever!

Check out some of my other sandwich and Panini recipes!

Cuban Sandwich
Dominican Riki Taki
Smoked Turkey Club
Caprese Panini
Caprese Chicken Panini

Watch me make it!
Fried Heirloom Tomatoes Sandwich on a wooden board and cut in half. You can see the gooeyness of the cheese and the tomatoes mixed together.

Fried Heirloom Tomato Panini

Quick and simply delicious fried tomato sandwich. Made with fried heirloom tomatoes, using cornmeal, adobo, sazón, jalapeño pepper jack cheese and red tomatoes on sourdough bread pressed in a panini press. Sheer perfection!
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Latin Fusion
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 sandwiches


  • Sandwich Press/Panini Maker


  • 1 large heirloom tomato green tomato works too
  • 1 large red tomato
  • 2 eggs whisked to use as egg wash
  • 1 – 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp adobo
  • 1/3 tsp sazón
  • corn oil for frying about 1/2 inch depth
  • 8 slices jalapeño pepper jack cheese
  • Butter spray Example: Pam or butter


  • Slice the tomatoes and set aside.
  • Place cornmeal in a shallow plate.
  • Add adobo and cornmeal. Mix in well.
  • Place eggs in a shallow plate and whisk well.
  • Dredge heirloom/green tomatoes in the egg wash and then the cornmeal mixture. Set aside on a plate.
  • Fry the cornmeal dredge tomatoes in corn oil that's been heated over medium high heat. Give it a couple of minutes on each side.
  • Once done, place tomatoes on a paper towel lined plate.

Assemble the sandwich

  • Preheat the panini maker.
  • For each sandwich, place two slices side by side.
  • Place 2 slices of the jalapeño pepper jack cheese on each slice.
  • Place two fried tomatoes on one side and two slices of red tomato slices on the other side.
  • Bring the two sides together.
  • Spray the panini maker with butter spray.
  • Place the sandwich in the panini press.
  • Press until golden brown. (times vary depending on device)
  • Once done, split in two and enjoy with chips or plantain chips.


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