I was nostalgic recently to have this tomato and onion dish my Mom and my Aunty Jaya used to make when I was much younger and growing up in India. When we were living in India in the late 70s bread wasn’t widely available where we lived, and when we could buy some it was more of a luxury than a norm, which meant that when we ate bread it was a treat. One of the ways we had bread was with tomatoes and onion sautéd in butter. We would have this saucy tomato dish with buttered bread and it tasted like heaven to us back then.
My Mom and Aunty Jaya (Mom’s sister) would make this delicious saucy tomato and onions sautéed in butter to have with our “toast”. Since we didn’t own a toaster, toast in this case was white bread that was buttered and warmed on a pan to create that lightly golden toasted effect. This combo tasted amazing! I remember whenever my sisters and I visited our Aunty Jaya and Chary Uncle in Mumbai we would always be welcomed with this delicious bread and tomato onion sauté, because Jaya Aunty knew how much we loved it!
My nostalgia for this tomato and onion sauté with bread inspired me to make it for one of my twins one afternoon, and I was happy to see that even today this simple dish tasted as good as I remembered and was liked by my kids as well 👍😊.
This delicious tomato and onion dish can be made at any time of year for a feel good comforting snack or lunch time treat. In the winter I find tomatoes to be more on the sour side and these sour juicy tomatoes taste great in this dish. But honestly any tomato will taste great especially wonderful sweet summer garden tomatoes. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, this is one tomato bread combo that will taste great no matter when it is served. Here is the recipe.
Butter Sautéed Tomato and Onions on Toast:
- 4 slices of white bread any type
- 2-3 medium tomatoes cut into thin slices
- 1/2 medium onion – about 1 cup cut into thin slices
- 2 tbsp butter for pan frying
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a pan melt 1 tbsp butter. Add onions and lightly fry until translucent. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until tomatoes become tender and release their juices, but are still chunky. Add salt and pepper.
Turn the stove off and serve hot with toasted bread, or you can toast bread on the same pan with a little butter just the way my Mom used to make it 😋☺️.
Try this simple and easy tomato and onion sauté with toast for a snack-time treat or for a light lunch accompanied by a salad. Kids will especially love the pure no fuss flavors of this deliciously light lunch option.
Cook’s Notes: To really enjoy the wonderful flavors of this tomato and onion dish use butter and not olive oil or some other oil. It’s the butter that gives the tomatoes and onions that wonderful feel-good taste and aroma.