Growing up, I had a fabulous southern grandmama who was the best cook around. Her food always made me feel warm and loved. She had me hooked at a young age with her “special mayo” that she would make and leave in the fridge. She would add this sauce to her coleslaw, veggies, and sandwiches. For me, it’s one of those foods that brings back so many great feelings and memories. Grandma Sue Sue was not only my favorite person in the whole world, but she was a great person to share a great meal with.
I remember walking in the back door at her house and she would jump up, give me a BIG hug and ask, “Honey, what can I make you to eat.” Her love language was food and she made everyone not only fall in love with her sweet spirit, but also her food. As she would eat her food she would twirl her fork in the air and always suggest that I eat slowly and savor every bite.
Unfortunately, the sauce she created is not Whole30 or Paleo compliant, so I recreated a version that would align with my families lifestyle. I am so excited that I was able to recreate a clean version that I call, Mac’s Awesome Sauce. This stuff is beyond delicious and makes you want to lick the spoon, twice.
This sauce can be used in a variety of ways, but my favorite way is on baked tomatoes. These cuties will melt in your mouth and serve as a great appetizer or side dish for any occasion. They are a great addition to summer BBQ’s, family gatherings or even Super Bowl Sunday. These tomatoes are creamy and like nothing you have ever tasted. I promise you won’t just eat one.
Slice a few beefsteak tomatoes 1/2 thick, slap on top some Mac’s Awesome Sauce, throw on a sheet pan and bake until the tops are a little crispy. To finish these babies off, add fresh basil and some crispy bacon. Serve with a Sunday roast, grilled chicken, or even over the top of scrambled eggs. They are so yummy and versatile you can really incorporate into any meal.
Give these delicious tomatoes a try this weekend during Super Bowl Sunday or during your weeknight meal. When you eat them, remember what my Grandmamma would say twirling her fork in the air, “savor every bite.”