Okay dudes and dudets, BLTs, how do you feel about them?
If you just answered that they’re the greatest invention ever then (ding, ding ding, give ’em a prize!!!) I think we can still be friends. Phew, I was a little bit worried for a sec.
Speaking of friends, that totally reminds me, our family pets have been cracking me up lately. Do you have pets or are you not really an animal person? I’d consider myself somewhere in between the two because I love animals but I prefer them in the yard and not getting hair and dirt on my bed, you know? Growing up we only had a handful of pets but they never lasted very long. That is, up until a few years ago when my parents discovered how much they loved this one certain breed of dogs, Great Pyrenees. They’re amazing for family pets.
I told you guys about those new adorable little puppies we got a few weeks ago, right? Oh, and does anyone remember me mentioning that one of our two male dogs got a new home last week also? Well, his brother and partner in crime seemed a little sad about this at first but now he’s been getting along really well with the pups and they’re becoming inseparable.
Then there are the kitties, which are a whole other story. I never though I’d see the day that my parents would choose to have cats around (putting it mildly, they’ve never been huge fans), but we have a pair of them now for the sake of catching mice. Surprisingly, I’ve really grown to like them. Their names have changed a few times since we’ve had them because it’s been irrelevant to most of my fam what their called so now they’re usually just referred to as “the black one” and ” the grey one”.
Anyway, the black one is super friendly and I’m pretty sure she’s thought she was a puppy ever since our actual puppies showed up. She’s been spending way more time with them than with her sister. The grey one is a lot more standoffish (<- wow, that’s really a word?) and not nearly as friendly. Whenever the puppies excitedly try approaching her to play, she stares them down and seems to be thinking that they’re some strange alien creatures that have come to intentionally ruin her life. Actually, she sort of looks at everyone that way but I think that probably makes her a better as a mouser, being so cold. It’s hilarious how much personality animals can have.
Animals are one thing, but is it weird to imagine inanimate objects like sandwiches having their own personality? I think if a BLT had a personality it’d be all self-assured and possibly even a bit arrogant about itself. I mean come on, how could it not be when it’s so popular, right? Now a BLAT, they’d probably be a little less conceited from always living in the shadow of their more well-known competition, but I bet they’d still be pretty confident about themselves in sandwich world.
I realize that messing with such a perfectly balanced thing as a BLT is akin to playing with fire. Seriously, just upgrading from a BLT to a BLAT is pushing the limits of perfection…..but I couldn’t help myself you guys, I had to do it! You know what though? I think you’ll agree that this is one scenario where “less is more” doesn’t have to apply because this sandwich is killer amazing!
The roasted garlic butter, mixed with the sourdough bread, PLUS the caprese twist, make the final thing like a party of flavors in your mouth that’ll have you completely forgetting your plain old BLT. Personally, I don’t think there’s any going back for me now, this sandwich has won me over completely. Basically, you’ve just got to try these once to see what I mean. Disregard any preconceived ideals you have about sandwiches and just DO IT!
- 4 large slices sourdough bread
- 6 - 8 slices uncooked bacon
- 1/2 cup lettuce leaves (I used spinach)
- 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
- 1 small ripe avocado, pitted and sliced
- small handful fresh basil leaves
- 1 head roasted garlic (See this recipe if you need reference on how to do this)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Lay the bacon flat in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until crispy, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate (p.s. you can reserve what left in the pan for toasting sandwiches if desired, yum!)
- Remove all the skin from roasted garlic cloves and mash them in a small to medium mixing bowl with a fork. Add the softened butter, salt, and pepper, and continue mashing until mostly combined, then beat the mixture together until you get it to a whipped and spreadable consistency. (Alternatively you can mix this in a small food processor or even a mixer if you find it difficult to do it by hand.)
- Spread desired amount of butter on the bread slices and layer on your toppings, lettuce, tomato, mozzarella, avocado, bacon, and fresh basil. That's it, you're done and it's ready to devour, or as noted above, you can toast both sides of the sandwiches in the bacon pan until the cheese gets all melty and bread is golden.