Saturday, August 1, 2009
Bacon Lettuce and Peach Sammiches (BLPs)
Well, I'm going to wait for that tomato. And in the meantime, I'm going to turn to another summer staple. And this one is in prime form. Peaches.
You might think I'm a little crazy to sub peaches for tomatoes in this classic sandwich. But, I assure you, there's nothing crazy about it. Both fruits carry a similar sweetness. Peaches, in particular, have a special affinity for bacon; the sweet/smoky combo is just unbeatable. And the texture of a ripe peach and a ripe tomato are remarkably similar.
I like to make things a bit more interesting by replacing plain old mayo with a slightly embellished version. You can use your old reliable jarred mayo here; it's really OK. Add a bit of chopped basil and a couple of tablespoons of blue cheese (feta is also nice, if you're hesitant about blue).
Crisp up a bit of bacon. Rather than pan frying bacon, which makes a royal mess, I like baking mine on a large baking sheet at about 425ºF for about 20 minutes. It cooks quite evenly, it doesn't spatter onto my shirt, and the process frees me up to do other (very important) things. Like pour myself a glass of wine. Or start a blog post.
When everything is ready, you can assemble your sammiches. Spread with mayo, add your lettuce, bacon, and some slices of ripe peach.
And then you should admire your handiwork -- at least for a moment. It's downright pretty.
Fortunately, it's not too pretty to eat.
So, dig on in. It's seriously good stuff. So good you'll hardly miss the tomatoes.
Oh yeah -- and stay tuned.
We'll be breaking our silence and telling you ALL ABOUT our adventures with Pate De Canard En Croute on Wednesday!
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