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Mini BLT’s!

These bite-size BLT appetizers are awesome! An open face version of my favorite sandwich, these little guys consist of a crunchy bacon and Parmigiano cheese cracker that’s topped with a tangy mayonnaise spread, a chunk of bacon, a single arugula leaf and half of a cherry tomato. They are easy to make, and they really do taste just like a BLT! Be forewarned: If you make these for a party, make plenty… my personal experience has shown that these mini BLT’s will channel David Copperfield and disappear right before your very eyes!

This is what you will need to make these tasty tidbits:

 

Mini BLT’s!
Recipe type: Appetizer
 

Ingredients
  • Crackers (makes 24):
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 strips thick-sliced bacon, cooked until crisp and blotted on paper towels
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat or unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallots
  • ½ teaspoon minced sage leaf
  • 4 strips thick-sliced bacon cooked until crisp, blotted on paper towels and cut crosswise into 1 inch pieces
  • 24 unblemished baby arugula leaves with stems removed
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Instructions
  1. Make the Crackers:
  2. Combine flour, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, sugar, baking powder, sea salt, and a generous pinch of black pepper in a food processor. Pulse once or twice, add bacon, and process until bacon is finely chopped. Add the milk, bacon fat or butter, and process until mixture pulls together.
  3. Remove the dough and roll into a log about 1¼ inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Slice dough crosswise into just under ¼-inch-thick slices and bake on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes. Remove and cool.
  6. Prepare the Filling:
  7. In a small bowl, blend the mayonnaise, parsley, shallots and sage. Spread the mixture on the crackers. Add the bacon, arugula and tomato halves, cut-side down, and serve.

                                                                                                                                           

Enjoy!

Recipe provided by: Seduced by Bacon: Recipes & Lore About America’s Favorite Indulgence

Tactical Bacon

I just watched season 2 of AMC’s excellent show, The Walking Dead. If you haven’t seen the series, I highly recommend it. Because it’s fully cooked and has a 10 year shelf life,  TAC BAC would come in handy if, let’s say, you were dealing with your own zombie incursion! You might want to stock up…

My favorite BLT…

I love a good Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich. The beauty in that statement is there are no bad BLT’s, so picking a favorite becomes a life long pleasure. One look at the photo above and you will understand why this one is my current choice.

Everyone tweaks the BLT to their liking by working up different combinations of ingredients, and this is what you’ll need to reconstruct this beauty all on your own:

Ingredients (2 sandwiches):

* 4 slices of fresh sourdough bread — at least 1/2 inch thick, toasted

* 6 slices butcher’s thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cooked until crispy

* 1 ripe Haas avocado, pitted and thin sliced

* 4 TBSP mayonnaise

* 1/2 Meyer lemon, juiced (blend in mayonnaise before spreading on toast)

* 1 heirloom tomato, thin sliced

* Butter lettuce leafs (3-4)

* Sprouts

* Sea salt

* Pepper

Now you are ready to enjoy a savory masterpiece! The toasted sourdough bread sets a delicious stage, and the mayo with the lemon juice really adds a nice, subtle kick. The pleasantly sweet and salty/smoky applewood bacon is obviously the dominant player here. The heirloom tomato and avocado slices contribute richness, and the butter lettuce and the sprouts bring interesting textures and wonderful flavors of their own. Delicious!

So, that’s my BLT. What variation is your favorite? Let me know in the comment box –

“Bring home the bacon”

To attain success or to meet a desired goal…

The origin of this phrase is widely disputed, with many referring to an English tradition dating from the 1100′s. A newlywed couple had made such an impression on a church elder with their love for each other that he gifted them a flitch — or a side — of bacon. Over the years, devoted newlyweds who won the favor of the church “brought home the bacon.” Others believe the phrase originated with the old fairground contest of capturing a greased pig and winning the animal as a prize. The winner “brought home the bacon.”

The first documented use of the phrase (altered version) was on September 3, 1906. The Reno Evening Gazette reported that the announcer of the World Lightweight Championship boxing match between Joe Gans and Oscar Nelson read a telegram from Gans’ mother aloud: “Joe, the eyes of the world are on you. Everybody says you ought to win. Peter Jackson will tell me the news, and you bring back the bacon.” It’s not known if she made up the phrase, or if she was repeating something already quite common, but there is no proof of its usage before that day. Gans won the fight on a foul in the 42nd round — retaining his title — and he replied by telegraph that he “had not only the bacon, but the gravy.”

So there you have it. Now I’m off to the market to bring home the bacon…