Sunday, May 16, 2010


Man, it's been awhile since I've posted! Which is weird, since I haven't really been doing anything special... well, I've been at the pool a ton! It's been so nice lately, usually in the low to mid 80's and it's perfect for laying out in the sun at the pool. Especially with a beer or a rum & organic soda by your side!! (doesn't quite have the same ring as rum & coke, eh?)

However, if there's anything I love more (well, at least as much as!) than being nice and warm at the pool, it's BACON! Sweet & salty, chewy & crispy... seriously, what is better than some [good] bacon?!? Nothing, that's what! So when I was tasked with coming up with a portable dinner for The Hub and I to tote along to a concert-in-the-park it was super easy to come up with a dish... BLTs!

These BLT's are sooooo delicious and it's for three reasons: using quality bacon (not the $3 a pack kind), the way the bacon is seasoned and cooked, and the seasoned mayonnaise. Also, I suppose the bread is kindof important. And using good, ripened tomatoes. Well, I guess when it's only 5 ingredients all of them are pretty important!

These are good when the bacon is hot, but they're just as good at room temperature which is why they make great picnic fare. Remember to use organic ingredients whenever you can! They almost always taste better, and they're usually fresher!!!

BLT's with Rosemary Mayo

Bacon, 8-10 slices
brown sugar
black pepper
cayenne pepper

1/4 cup mayo
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
3/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
dash of salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

4 slices of bread
lettuce (I like red leaf)
1-2 tomatoes, sliced

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Place a cooling rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and arrange the slices of bacon on the rack. Sprinkle the slices with the brown sugar, black pepper and cayenne - use your judgement depending on how sweet/spicy you want it. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until crispy. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the mayo and the rest of the spices and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.

Once the bacon is done and cool enough to handle you can assemble the sandwiches. Slather each of the bread slices with the mayo, and then layer on the sliced tomato, the lettuce and the bacon. I like the bacon in the middle, but you can layer it any way you like. Delish!

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