Cornmeal-crusted tomato and pesto steak stack.Photo, Roberto Caruso.
The humble sandwich goes haute. Build a better sandwich with a few fresh ingredients and some creative upgrades.
, about 250 g each
Stir mayo with pesto in a small bowl. Cut tops and bottoms off tomatoes and discard. Slice tomatoes into thick slices. Season with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper. Pour cornmeal onto a plate and press each slice into cornmeal, coating both sides. Set aside.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Season steaks with remaining salt and pepper. Add 1 tsp oil, then steaks. Reduce heat to medium. Sauté 3 to 4 min per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 min.
Wipe pan clean with paper towels and return to burner over medium heat. Add remaining oil, then 4 tomato slices. Cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 min per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining tomato slices, adding a little more oil, if needed.
Slice steaks thinly. Lay 4 tomato slices on 4 plates. Top each with a dollop of pesto mayo, arugula and steak slices. Sandwich with another fried tomato slice.