Grilled Sourdough with Heirloom Tomatoes and Sumac

From Chris Halpin

2014 Jul/Aug

Use a big, fruity olive oil, perfect for drizzling over grilled bread. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice with a pleasant astringent, fruity taste. Find it at Middle Eastern stores and The Silk Road Spice Merchant.


  • 8 1/2-inch-thick slices of sourdough bread
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 ripe heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • Maldon salt
  • 1 T. sumac


Preheat a grill or broiler to medium-high heat. Grill the bread on both sides until it’s crispy and slightly charred. Rub the bread all over with garlic and put it on a serving platter. Top each toast with sliced tomatoes, a generous drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling each of Maldon salt and sumac.

Serves 4 to 6.