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I love BLTs. When bacon is allowed to star as the ONLY meat in a sandwich, the culinary gods are happy, my friends (that’s not to say that bacon is not the star everytime it is used!). I wanted to figure out a way that I could improve upon this sandwich, impossible as this feat may sound, but I believe I did a half decent job. I decided that I would basket-weave and bake the bacon. Why, you ask?
Well, have you ever had a BLT where you took a bite and almost all of the bacon came sliding out with it? Yes, that was one glorious bite of bacony goodness, but the rest of the sandwich is now lacking that very same magical ingredient. By basket-weaving the bacon, it ensures perfectly even distribution!
HOW TO MAKE THIS SANDWICH MORE ULTIMATE!
Scrap the sliced bread. Who needs it, anyway? Instead of bread, make TWO bacon weaves and sandwich all the toppings inside your now bacon-bread. Yeah. How do ya like them apples?
*Warning – The recipe below does not follow this ULTIMATE amendment. I don’t think I could handle, nor be worthy of its awesomeness. I probably would have suffered a brain aneurism from the anticipation of the first bite. Someone PLEASE try this and let me know how it turns out, but for the love of God, do not let your head explode.
Ultimate Bacon-Weave BLT
3 slices Schnieders Thick Cut Bacon
2 slices Dempster’s Ancient Grains Bread
3 slices Tomato
2 leaves Organic Boston Lettuce
¼ Avocado, sliced
1 tbsp Chipotle Mayo (see below)
1 slice Havarti Cheese
For Chipotle Mayo
1 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
2 Chipotle Peppers
½ tbsp Each Cayenne Pepper and Chipotle Seasoning (if desired)
1. Take your whole pack of bacon and slice it down the middle. You’ll be making more than one sandwich, I hope. Bacon is meant to be shared and enjoyed with the people you love most. Bacon makes friends. Sandwiches make friends.
2. Arrange six half-slices of bacon in a basket weave pattern on a foil lined baking sheet as pictured. Bake this according to your favourite method. If you don’t have a favourite method, check out ours.
3. While your bacon is baking, we have time to prepare our chipotle mayo. Simple chop up your chipotle peppers as small as you can, mix those peppers with mayo and add your cayenne and chipotle seasoning if you desire. That was difficult, right? If you want to make things even easier, you could throw everything in a small food processor or Magic Bullet© to get a perfect blend.
Note: Whenever I make sauces or condiments or sauces that I know I’ll use in the future such as this chipotle mayo, or the balsalmic reduction that we used for the Caramelized Apple and Bacon Spinach Salad, I like to keep them in squeeze bottles that you can get at the dollar store or most any kitchen supply store. This makes them easy to access and easy to apply to any recipe.
4. Once the bacon is ready, let it dry on a some paper towels.
5. Assembly time:
Spread you chipotle mayo on both sides of your bread.
Add a few leaves of Boston lettuce (organic if you so please)
A few slices of nice, ripe avocado
Cover that all with a nice piece of Havarti
Seal up the sandwich with our other piece of bread
6. Give the sandwich a little press, to make sure everything is married together. If you have a panini press or George Forman grill (Odds are you have one, he’s sold 100 million units!), give your sandwich a nice grilling. In the event that you don’t have one of these devices, throw your sandwich in a toaster oven or under the broiler. This will allow the cheese to melt and your bread to go nice and crispy. It adds a whole ‘nother element of texture!
7. Once toasted, cut on the diagonal, and serve with your favourite chips. A lunch that the Earl of Sandwich, himself would be proud of.