How can it really be August already??? I'm not ready for freshly sharpened pencils and new backpacks yet....
I have nothing against mayonnaise on a BLT. In fact, I may be Best Food's (Hellman's East of the Rockies) greatest customer, excepting of course, for my mayonnaise-loving Pop. But last Saturday afternoon, I spied a perfectly buttery, 100% natural, and very innocent avocado on my counter. It may seem counter intuitive to try to use healthy fats on a bacon sandwich, but I'm always of the theory that every little bit of good sense counts. Still, I have other reasons besides health for choosing avocados. Buttery, rich, and sensuous, their flavor alone is enough of a recommendation, especially mixed with some pungent garlic and fruity olive oil. It's ridiculousy delicious despite its simplicity. You may never want mayo on your BLTs again.
P.S. In a fit of Saturday afternoon indolence, I made the bacon in the microwave on paper towels. It's not quite as good as pan-fried, but the difference is minimal on a sandwich.
BLTs with Garlic and Olive Oil Avocado
Estimated Cost: $4.00
Notes: Use your best red ripe tomatoes here.
1 large avocado
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
2 crusty whole wheat rolls (I use padhinas from Albertson's)
4-6 slices of cooked crisp bacon
2 red ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
lettuce, arugula, or spinach leaves
In a small bowl, mash together avocado, garlic, and olive oil to form a smooth paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread on bottoms of rolls and top with bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce.
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