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California BLTs

We had yummy sandwiches for dinner last night. This is another recipe from my Barefoot Contessa cookbook. It’s hard to call it much of a recipe…basically a BLT with avocado. But I’ll post her recipe anyway. I didn’t add the lemon juice, salt and pepper. I just didn’t have time and didn’t think it was necessary (maybe I’ll try it some other time). These were soooo good. I’ve always loved BLTs. But with avocado…even better! I used sliced grape tomatoes since that’s what we had on hand. A little harder to eat, but still good. And I even got Justin to try a little tomato…and he admitted that he kind of liked it! He’s slowly changing his mind about tomatoes 🙂 I served our sandwiches with a small salad. This was a perfect meal for a warm, sunny spring day.California BLTs

6 thick-cut slices smoked bacon
4 slices good white bread, cut 1/2-inch thick
4 Tbsp. good mayonnaise (recommended: Hellman’s)
4 to 8 tender green lettuce leaves, washed and spun very dry
1 ripe Hass avocado
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 large ripe tomato, sliced 1/2-inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place a baking wire rack on a sheet pan and arrange the bacon on the rack in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Place the bread slices on a sheet pan and toast them for 5 minutes. Turn the slices and toast for 1 more minute, until all the bread is evenly browned.

Place 2 slices on a cutting board. Spread each slice with about 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise. Cover the slices with a layer of lettuce. Place 3 slices of bacon on top. Peel the avocado and slice it 1/2-inch thick. Toss the avocado slices gently with the lemon juice, and arrange on top of the bacon. Add a layer of tomato slices on top. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Spread each of the remaining 2 slices of toasted bread with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and place, mayonnaise side down, on the sandwiches. Cut in half and serve.

*I cooked my bacon in a pan on the stove…I don’t have an oven proof wire rack.
*I toasted my bread under the broiler.
*I made a full sandwich for Justin and a half for myself. We use Meijer organic whole wheat bread…and the slices are quite large.

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