I had a craving for a late breakfast/early lunch BLT – classic bacon lettuce and tomato. I was out of L and only had a partial carton of grape T’s. I wasn’t about to let mere ingredients stop me!
My goal was to create a BCT sandwich – bacon cheese and tomato. I recalled a bacon cooking technique I had tried and liked but hadn’t used in a long time. I sliced four pieces of thick-sliced bacon in half, put it in a pan and added a half inch of water and set it to simmer. Boiling the bacon renders the fat without splattering drippings everywhere.. When the water in the pan evaporates, the bacon crisps up nicely in the drippings without making a spatter mess and it doesn’t curl.
While the bacon cooks, I made a blistered tomato sauce, a favorite you’ve seen here before. I halve the grape or cherry tomatoes using a technique friend Darryl taught me. Fill a saucer level with the tomatoes. Top with another inverted saucer and slice between the saucers to halve the tomatoes. Watch your fingers while holding the two saucers tightly together and move the knife through. It is a slick trick. I fill the depression in the bottom saucer tightly so the tomatoes don’t get pressed agains the far edge by the knife blade. I prefer a serrated blade for the slicing.
Once the tomatoes are halved,dump them into a hot dry sauté pan and let them get a slight blister or char. Reduce the heat and add a tablespoon or so of water to steam the tomatoes and cook them faster. I like to sweat the juice from the tomatoes and let them soften and caramelize. The result is a thick, chunky sauce with a flavor reminiscent of sun dried tomatoes’ intensity. This time I mushed the tomatoes a little with a potato masher to make them thicker and spreadable.
Now the assembly of the BCT. Toasted multi-grain bread, a schemer of mayo to seal the bread, a slice of sharp cheddar to hold the tomatoes, a heaping spread of blistered tomato sauce, strips of crisp bacon and the toast topper for the sandwich.
There is always an internal debate over adding a second slice of cheese on top of the bacon. Fortunately, the second slice of cheese won!