BLT Pizza

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When you have a garden and you plant tomatoes, they all seem to come on at once!!! What to do, what to do? BLT Pizza of course.


BLT Pizza

I don’t know about anyone else, but nothing beats a Summertime BLT, and a BLT Pizza= Summertime heaven.

There is something that just can’t beat a summer fresh from the garden tomato. The flavor is something that cannot be duplicated in any hothouse or other mass produced tomato.

BLT Pizza

Just a few thing to know about tomatoes you get at the grocery store. The ones for mass production have been breed to have tougher skin so they don’t bruise, and the skins won’t break so easily, so they have a higher yield, and are uniform in shape and size. The saddest thing is they are ALL picked green……that right green. It’s the easiest way to ship them so they are intact when they reach the store. But they never reach their full ripening potential without sunlight which gives tomatoes their wonderful flavor.

BLT Pizza

Tomatoes from a Farmers Market or home grown have a thin skin that is, for lack of a better word, fragile.Fresh home grown tomatoes almost melt in your mouth, with a sweet, juicy, rich flavor that is beyond compare. So, when in season, eat them up!

Now, for a word on bacon…….when using the best of summer tomatoes, buy good, thick cut bacon. No whimpy, skinny, no flavor bacon! Enough said!

BLT Pizza

As always, I am a Miracle Whip lover, I don’t get paid to say it, it’s just the fact! If you must use mayo…..she says with a slight gag;) Its the perfect “sauce” for a BLT Pizza

This pizza is super duper easy, so you can whip it up any weeknight. I used a pre-made crust, but you can use your own crust if you desire. If using your own, be sure to pre-bake the crust first or you will have a soggy mess.

BLT Pizza

You can make this pizza in the oven or on the grill. Whatever your pleasure.

If you love BLTs, and who doesn’t, you will love BLT Pizza. Try one this week!

BLT Pizza

BLT Pizza
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup miracle whip
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 6 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon, cooked until just crisp
  • 1 Boboli pizza crust
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup baby arugula or lettuce of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. Mix miracle whip, olive oil, basil, garlic, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Chop tomatoes, and bacon.
  4. Spread miracle whip mixture over pizza crust.
  5. Top with chopped bacon and tomatoes.
  6. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Place pizza on a cookie, sheet, pizza stone, or on the rack in your oven.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  9. Top with arugula and serve.

 

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BLT Potato Sandwich

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BLT Potato Sandwich


BLT Potato Sandwich 2

You make a really nice dinner…..you make baked potatoes………dinner is over……..What do you do with the left over bakers?????

You make BLT Potato Sandwiches of course!

This is more of a method than a recipe. The standard BLT is made up of five ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bread. The BLT evolved from the tea sandwiches served before 1900 at a similar time to the club sandwich. The first “recipe” for a BLT was published in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread.  But, everyone has their own way of making BLT sandwiches………. some  like toast, some like variations on bread, which is where my recipe…….a.k.a. method comes in.

Tim and I had a really nice steak and potatoes dinner one night. My intention was to make potato salad with the remaining potatoes. I was working on a BBQ recipe and we all know that BBQ needs either cole slaw or potato salad. That being said, I also have a ton of lettuce in my garden to use. Tomatoes are not ready yet………we had a very late start to the growing season here and a very cool summer so far, so things are not quite where they should be……but I digress. We also had some bacon to use up.

For me, a traditional BLT is on toast with chips on the side…….hmmmm……….why not use the potato for the base of my BLT. At first I was going to just warm up the potatoes and fill them with the BLT stuff, but as I looked at the potatoes I kept seeing bread. If I sliced them and sautéed them, maybe they would hold as the the bread………Glory Hallelujah it worked…..The “bread” for my BLT worked!!!!

BLT Potato Sandwich 1

The rest of the story is a lot less note worthy………just your basic BLT with Basil mayo. Now, as with any BLT, use the bacon you like, whatever tomatoes and lettuce you grow or purchase from your local Farmers Market……..Please visit your local Farmers Markets, your support means the world to them and the taste of local grown is beyond compare!

So the next time you are looking for something to do with those……..leftover potatoes……….try our BLT Potato Sandwich!

BLT Potato Sandwich Collage

BLT Potato Sandwich
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Baked potatoes cut in quarters lengthwise
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon (or your favorite bacon)
  • 8 tomato slices
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Basil Mayo - ¼ cup mayo or salad dressing mixed with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil.
Instructions
  1. Spray potato slices with cooking spray. Sauté slices over medium to medium high heat until crispy.
  2. You are using the potato slices as the bread. Spread the basil mayo on the potato slices, add the bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce. Place a slice of potato on the lettuce to form your sandwich. Secure with toothpick.
  3. Serve.

 

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