Wednesday, June 1, 2011


So, I know this blog is supposed to be about foods 'Beyond Bacon' but every now and then, it's good to get back to your roots.  Also, Schmambs & Company were about to embark on a 10 day vacation and had bacon that needed to be used before they left.  So we had good ol' fashioned B.L.T.'s.

To get things started, one needs bacon.  What's a B.L.T. without any B?  So Schmambs cooked the bacon while her hubby sliced the tomatoes.  Me, being the mooch that I am...well...I just sat at the kitchen table waiting for everything to be ready.  At least I contributed my good company!

I will be the first to admit that a plate full of cooked bacon usually does not last very long in my house.  Thankfully, we were not eating at my house and therefore, the bacon stayed on the preparation plate until the sandwiches were ready to be put together.  We used a pretty basic make-it-yourself method since it was about 90 degrees inside and outside and it wasn't fair to make one person sweat to feed everyone else.  Thanks to Will, we had a nice neat stack of tomatoes ready to be piled high.  I'm not a fan of juicy tomatoes (I like mine firm) so I just scooped off the seeds and the ooey gooey in the middle.  And the lettuce was basically a 'you tear it, you eat it' type situation.

I found that each person likes to eat their B.L.T. a little differently.  Myself, I like it simple.  Just the B, the L, and then the T.  No mayo since I am not much of a fan.  Schmambs & hubby enjoy tossing a little salt & pepper on their B.L.T.'s.  The pepper to bring some flavor out in the bacon and the salt to bring a little extra out on the tomatoes. Schmambs also seems to like loading on the L because her sandwich looked about twice the size of mine - and with a lot more green!  I'm not a big fan of whole wheat bread since I find that it is drier than white bread, so I thought I would dab a little bit of mayo on to see if it helped give a bit of moisture.  It did.  I then got intrigued and tried the salt & pepper too.  One of the best B.L.T.'s I've had in a while.  Some people would say you don't need the salt since you already have enough from the bacon, but I think that the salt isn't for the bacon aspect, but definitely gives the tomato a little more umph.  

Moral of the story?  B.L.T.'s are the perfect dinner when you need to get rid of some bacon on a really really really hot day.

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