Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich with Late Tomato

The Last Home-Grown Tomato

This was a lousy year for growing tomatoes: the summer started hot spurring a lot of plant growth, but turned cooler, meaning few fruit ripened on the vine, and the ones that did were all chomped by squirrels.  All of them, I mean it.  I got like four ripe tomatoes all season off of five plants. And then an early frost came, and I harvested all the green tomatoes over a reasonable size.  Made fried green tomatoes, thought about making a green tomato curry… but then they started ripening in the basket.  In past years, this has led to raised hopes being dashed as they rotted faster than they ripened, but I got at least six decent, juicy tomatoes in November and December from the early harvest.  These weren’t even ‘breakers’ with a little red on them, they were grass-green when I pulled them in.

The pictured sandwich isn’t actually the last tomato, it was third-to-last, with the other two going into a salad, and another similar sandwich of twice-leftover curried turkey salad: there was a lot of meat on the carcass after making stock, so I pulsed that in the food processor with some of the onions and carrots, then added a big portion of S&B curry powder (the best for this sort of salad) and a dollop of mayo.  The sandwich is on toasted sourdough, with scallions, jalapeno, and of course, sliced tomato.

Curried Turkey Salad Sandwich with Late Tomato

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