vicksburg farmers Market is back!

Bill Seratt

May 3

It’s Vicksburg Tomato Sandwich Time, Again!

This coming Saturday, May 5th, the Vicksburg Farmers Market will open for the 2018 season.  The market is located on the corner of Washington and Jackson Streets and opens Saturdays from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays afternoons from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m.  Producers from throughout the region will be set up with a cornucopia of fresh garden goodies.  Fresh vegetables, beautiful plants, homemade sweets and treats, pasta, relishes, jellies, jams and best of all – home-grown tomatoes!

Here in Vicksburg, tomato sandwiches have been so greatly elevated in preparation that they are known as Vicksburg Tomato Sandwiches – yes, a proper noun!  The best recipe to be found for the proper way to prepare them can be found in the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg, Mississippi’s cookbook Ambrosia.  

Here you go!  This is a party-size recipe.  You may want to adjust, maybe not.

  • 4              loaves day-old bread
  • 6 – 8       medium tomatoes, peeled
  •                 salt to taste
  •                 black pepper to taste
  •                 homemade mayonnaise (Hellman’s Mayonnaise works just fine for me!)
  • 1              grated onion with juice
  •                 paprika

Cut bread with biscuit cutter into 72 rounds.  Slice tomatoes thinly and place on double sheets of paper towels to drain.  Salt and pepper tomatoes.  Spread mayonnaise on bread rounds.  Place well-drained tomato slices on half of bread rounds and sprinkle again with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle ½ teaspoon onion with juice over each tomato and top with remaining bread rounds.  Sprinkle with paprika.  To store until serving time, place on cookie sheet; put waxed paper between layers.  Cover tightly and store in refrigerator.  Yield:  36 sandwiches.

Now about that homemade mayonnaise……

  • 1 ½         tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 – 1 ½ heaping teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1              teaspoon salt
  • 1              whole egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 4              shakes Tabasco
  • 1 ½         cups vegetable oil
  •                 juice of 1 lemon or ¼ cup lemon concentrate  

Combine first 5 ingredients in food processor or blender.  Blend 45 seconds to 1 minute.  Gradually add oil with processor running until mixture thickens.  When thick, turn off and add lemon juice.  Mix well.  Yield:  2 cups.

Although Ambrosia is out of print, there are still a limited number of copies available for purchase at the Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center located at Clay Street and Old Highway 27.  Ambrosia is more than just a cookbook, it is “a deep south mixture of homes, recipes and history.  This Southern classic is the National Winner of the Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards presented by the McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana.