Thursday, September 22, 2016


This is one of those simple recipes that you, at least once, have those "Why didn't I think of that?" thoughts. Well since I didn't, I'm sure glad on of my favorite outspoken celebs (Chrissy Teigen) did in her new Cravings: Recipes For All the Foods You Want to Eat Cookbook. She took a classic BLT (which I do crave from time to time) and added a couple items and changed the bread and now you have a completely different sandwich. It's that easy. Plus, you can present it in a way that lets people build their own sandwich, adding as much or as little toppings as desired. The Hawaiian rolls and pineapple add a nice, subtle sweetness to the garlic bacon and your remaining "LT." So they all really compliment each other well. These are great finger sandwiches for a plethora of events; brunches, cookouts, tailgates/sports parties, etc. If you like your BLT's try something a little different. You won't regret it! Enjoy! 

King’s Hawaiian BLPT'S

2 slices cored fresh pineapple
8 King’s Hawaiian slider rolls, split
Unsalted butter, softened
Mayo, as much as you like
4 lettuce leaves, cut to fit the sandwiches
1 large vine-ripened tomato, cut into 8 slices
8 slices bacon, cooked (see the bacon recipe that we used which was delicious!) and halved crosswise
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced into rings

Position a rack 4 to 6 inches from the heating element and preheat the broiler.

Arrange the pineapple slices on a baking sheet and broil until browned on both sides.  Let cool slightly, then quarter them.  (You can also grill the pineapple on a hot grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.)  Leave the broiler on.

Spread the rolls with butter and arrange on another baking sheet.  Broil them until deeply golden, 1-2 minutes.

Spread mayo on the rolls, then layer the lettuce, tomato, bacon, onions, and a pineapple wedge on the roll bottoms.  Top with the other half of the rolls.

Garlic-roasted bacon

12 slices thick-cut bacon
3 cloves garlic, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Lay the bacon out on a rimmed baking sheet so the slices don’t overlap.  Sprinkle the garlic all over the bacon.  Roast until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes.  (Even if you don’t use the garlic, this is still the best way to cook bacon.)


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