This post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm
As summer winds down and children of family and friends begin heading off to school, I'm amazed at the bounty of summer produce around us. It's been hot, cool, dry and wet all in the matter of a few weeks leading to bumper crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and many other summer favorites. For as long as I can remember, summer suppers could be made of corn on the cob, tomatoes and lots of napkins (and butter!).
Another favorite summer meal is a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich). While we can find tomatoes in the grocery year round, nothing beat the taste of a garden fresh tomato fresh from the vine.
I've got some huge, beautiful tomatoes and lettuce from our CSA growers (a shout out to Fox Line City Farm!) I'm nearly half way to my BLT. Perfect Sandwich Bread (from The Little French Bakery Cookbook) just begs to be made into toast. A week ago, I made several loaves, so I pulled one from the freezer and it's ready to go. Now for the fun part. The bacon. Don't you LOVE bacon? Crisp, perfectly cooked bacon. Jones Dairy Farm makes delicious Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, sliced thick and just what makes the sandwich complete. Instead of using plain mayo, I've made it a bit spicy for a fun twist. And one more twist... shaved turkey! It's approaching Club sandwich status, but still fits the BLT bill.
The bacon smelled so good as I cooked it. Sometimes I bake it in the oven. This time I cooked it in a grill pan on the stovetop, and set it on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
Next, using a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, I mixed about 1 tablespoon of the sauce into about 3 tablespoons of prepared mayonnaise. If you don't like it too spice, add less and if you'd really like a kick, add more to taste.
The bread is toasted, the tomatoes sliced and I'm ready to assemble. I know some people have a special order of assembly, I like to add mayo to both slices of bread and have the tomato closest to the bread so the juice gets soaked in the bread, and doesn't run down my wrists. When I assemble, rather than breaking off the bacon to fit into the sandwich, I like to keep it hanging out. those bacon end are my first bites. And they're SO GOOD!
I'm sure you'll love Jones Dairy Farm bacon. Give it a try the next time you're making a BLT or serving bacon for breakfast!
Are you looking for a great bread recipe for making sandwiches and toast? My Perfect Sandwich Bread recipe makes four loaves. One to eat now, and a few to eat later. The bread freezes really well, so you could even tuck one in the freezer for another day.
I've got a few classes coming up this fall. There's still room in the November 7th Croissant and Pain au Chocolat class. Hope you'll join me. Or, gather a group of friends and schedule a class of your very own.
Have a great summer supper, be safe and be kind.
Peace, Love and Dessert,