Friday, January 11, 2013

BLT's with Basil Mayo

 Sometimes, I find there’s nothing quite as sating as a BLT.  

Bacon.  Who can resist that?  Warm, crunchy and chewy freshly baked bread.  Yes, please!  Lettuce and tomato.  Okay, fresh crisp veggies never hurt anyone!  I was craving this perfect combination of ingredients a few days ago and thought I’d make an herb mayo to compliment all the flavors.  Basil just seemed to fit perfectly.  Slightly sweet and incredibly aromatic, this mayo will give your BLT’s (or any other sandwich for that matter) the extra ummmmmmph that we all need from time to time. 

4 slices of cooked bacon (I like chewy bacon for these BLT’s versus crunchy)
1 tomato, sliced thinly
Iceberg lettuce, torn
2 slices of fresh Sourdough bread
Basil Mayo (recipe follows)

Lay out the ingredients, so it’s easy to assemble your sandwich. 

Toast the Sourdough bread in a toaster or under the broiler.  Spread a healthy* tablespoon of basil mayo on each slice of bread.  Lay a couple leaves of lettuce on top and then put the tomato.  I never put the tomato right on the bread because it gets soggy.  Top it off with the chewy bacon and place the other slice of bread right on top.  Press down gently and cut the sandwich on the bias.  Perfection.  

*Healthy = oversized and proud of it

Basil Mayo

Sweet, in a licorice kind of way, Smooth & Aromatic.  Yumm. 

¾ C. Mayo (I use Hellmann’s)
¼ C. Basil, finely chopped
Salt & Pepper, to taste

This couldn’t be any easier!  In a small bowl, mix the mayo and basil together.  Season it with salt and pepper until it tastes delicious.  Cover and refrigerate for a couple hours so the basil can infiltrate the mayo.  Serve on toast or sandwiches or use as a dip for French fries! 


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