BLT with Roasted Tomatoes and Herbed Mayo

August 25, 2015
BLT with Roasted Tomatoes and Herbed Mayo - There's something truly special about the combination of crispy bacon, lettuce, roasted tomatoes and herbed mayo on toast

“One of the great American arts, which varies from being a triumph of being a disaster, is the art of sandwich making”      ~ James Beard

BLT with Roasted Tomatoes + Herbed Mayo - There's something special about the combination of crispy bacon, lettuce, roasted tomatoes & herbed mayo on toast

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Over the weekend, as I washed fresh tomatoes at the kitchen sink, I couldn't help but think of how appreciative I am for all of the incredible gardens that are loving tended, by the people in our lives

As with many things in life, it's all quite simple really, at least in theory.  Place a few seeds in the dirt, add some water, sunshine, and a bit of patience.  Before you know it, you'll be unearthing greens and veggies of every possible shape and size

Having grown up on an Iowa farm, I've learned that growing anything can be far from

simple

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Photo Credit: Albertson's

Gardening often includes fighting the elements, and fending off the critters who like to nibble everything off, right at ground level(!)   Sometimes the sun is MIA until August, the soil isn't well-fertilized, or life gets busy, and there isn't much time to water

Somehow though, some things still manage to grow, even if it's only a handful of peas, a few raspberries, and a prolific patch of basil

In our case this summer, we've been spoiled by those we love.  The hard work having already been done by the gardeners and the season.  All we've had to do is get a little dirt under our fingernails as we help gather the bounty or open the front door to a wonderful surprise of excess that's been left by the sweetest of

vegetable fairies

Little is needed to make such fresh produce taste incredible.  Imploring a few basic kitchen techniques like roasting and sautéing, and pretty soon we're biting into the richness produced by the soil and tasting the sweetness of the summer sun

These uncomplicated moments of summer's simple abundance are to be remembered, and most of all savored

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Photo Credit: Trendland – Endless Summer

There's nothing fancy about a BLT.  It's simplicity at its finest.  Although it requires a slight bit of attention to detail for that magical combination of flavors to hit all the right spots

If you're a follower of the site, you'll know one of my favorite things to do with an abundance of tomatoes is to roast them.  Here, they concentrate into a sweet acidic bite that is the perfect complement to bacon and lettuce.  All sandwiched between two pieces of lightly toasted bread

Add a bit of herbed mayo, and it's my latest favorite sandwich.  One that can be eaten at any time or place, one I'll happily turn the oven on in the summer to make

Along the way, I've discovered there's much wisdom to be had when it comes to making the perfect BLT.  A few of my favorite tips?

Bread – Nothing beats a soft loaf of homemade bread.  It will make the sandwich (and really, your life) that much happier

Toast or not to Toast?   Whatever you do, toast.  Toasting prevents the bread from becoming overly soggy.  Bonus points if you toast just one side, and make sure it faces inward.  (You'll have all the crunch without the little cuts in your mouth)

BLT with Roasted Tomatoes + Herbed Mayo - There's something special about the combination of crispy bacon, lettuce, roasted tomatoes & herbed mayo on toast

Bacon –  A thicker cut that's been smoked will offset the tomato's sweetness.  Baking it in the oven is my favorite way.  It's far less messy, and the strips will be evenly cooked and crispy. Plus, they'll lay perfectly on your sandwich

Lettuce –  Iceberg brings a light, crisp, and consistent crunch.  It's the only way to go

Mayo – A must (whether it's homemade or not).  It's nice to have some with a bit of flavor, and fresh herbs are plentiful this time of year.

I tried my hand, and it turned out much better then I expected.  If making homemade isn't for you, some finely chopped herbs blended into your favorite store-bought brand will still be great

Slicing?  I'm fond of rectangles.  My husband?  Triangles.

It's all good

BLT with Roasted Tomatoes + Herbed Mayo - There's something special about the combination of crispy bacon, lettuce, roasted tomatoes & herbed mayo on toast

Want to read more about BLT perfection?  Bon Appetit has written a great guide

A few other notes:  

I've included the recipe for Mayo with Herbs and Garlic.  If making mayo isn't for you, I'd add roughly 3 Tbsp chopped herbs per 1/2 cup mayo.  Stir to combine.

The recipe for my favorite bread

Enjoy!

xoxo

BLT with Roasted Tomatoes + Herbed Mayo - There's something special about the combination of crispy bacon, lettuce, roasted tomatoes & herbed mayo on toast

~ Adapted slightly from Bon Appetit

Olive Oil Mayo with Herbs and Garlic

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks (large or XL)
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice + more to taste
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp kosher salt + more for seasoning
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper + more for seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chopped tarragon

Instructions

  • Place a large bowl on a folded damp kitchen towel to keep the bowl from slipping.
  • Vigorously whisk yolks, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and 1 Tbsp. water in a bowl to blend.
  • While whisking continuously, slowly add oil drop by drop to form an emulsion.
  • Continue whisking, slowly adding the remaining oil, until mayonnaise is smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in garlic, chives, parsley, and tarragon.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired.
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~ Adapted slightly from Ina Garten via Food Network

Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, cores and seeds removed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp natural sugar (Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado)
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450° F.
  • Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes.
  • Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are concentrated and beginning to caramelize.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
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