Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Food Files: Turkey Bacon BLT

While I was dreaming of elderflowers and writing last night's blog post, my husband was busy whipping up a quick dinner for us. He brought the plate to the table as I was hunting and pecking away (one hand on my wine glass, free fingers fighting to find the right keys) and I instantly caught a whiff of our favorite poultry product: turkey bacon. I was thrilled beyond belief 'cuz we were having his famous turkey bLT's!!

I introduced turkey bacon to hubby about 5 years ago, thinking I was going to trick him into eating the healthy version of every one's favorite food enhancer, condiment, side-dish and pretty much food-group, BACON. To my great surprise, he LOVED it. And we ended up with his wonderful rendition of the classic bacon, lettuce tomato sandwich.

Hubby's Terrific Turkey BLT:

(Yields 1 serving)

2 slices white bread *
4 slices turkey bacon
1-2 tsp of mayo (full-fat version works best...sorry calorie cutters)
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half **
1/2 cup field greens
1 tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp 5280 Grind***
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Bake the turkey bacon at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Slice the cherry or grape tomatoes in half and put in oven-safe dish. Add the drippings from the turkey bacon pan to the tomatoes as well as the olive oil to coat the little guys. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and spice blend and toss well. Bake the tomatoes for about 10 minutes, until wrinkled. Toast bread slices. Slather one side (or both) of your toast with mayo; add bacon, lettuce and tomatoes and EAT UP.
*artisan bread like sourdough or french bread will make a nice substitute, sliced at 1/2 inch thickness.
**if you'd prefer to use grape tomatoes, they will work nicely as well. So long as the halves are small enough to not overwhelm the sandwich. We used a nice mixture of heirloom yellow and red grape tomatoes, but have done it both ways.
***We have a wonderful grinder of this spice blend from Spice Boys in Colorado but you can use your favorite grilling or marinading spice



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