Use up your fresh, garden tomatoes by adding them to my favorite summer sandwich - the Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich.
Hey, here I am, checking in with my last post before back-to-school. This summer has definitely gone by lightning fast, and with being away for such a large chunk of it, I feel like I haven't taken full advantage of all the delicious seasonal produce that's available here in Wisconsin.
We opted not to sign up for the summer season of the CSA, since we were going to miss so much of it, and the fall season hasn't started yet. Luckily, my garden is tiding me over. Unluckily, the deer ate a lot of it.
But they left my tomatoes, and there are a lot of them. Every year, I am shocked by how much those little plants I put in the ground in the spring grow and produce. I've been adding them to everything, roasting them, and eating Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches at least every other day.
Bacon and tomato sandwiches have always been my standard summer sandwich, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago when I had a Costco bag of ripe avocados on the counter that I added some to what I thought was an already perfect sandwich.
If you buy your avocados at Costco, I'm sure you are well aware of the panic that ensues when they all become ripe and once, and you need to use them before they cross that fine line of perfectly and deliciously ripe to disgusting, brown, and mushy.
Like a garden full of ripe, juicy tomatoes, when you have a bag of ripe avocados, you will put them into anything and everything.
In any case, I'm certainly glad I did. I would normally use mayo on by B&T sandwiches, but since I'm not actually a huge mayo lover, avocado turned out to be the perfect creamy alternative. Not to mention all the heart-healthy fats that come along with it.
Of course, if you don't have any avocados on hand, feel free to use a thin layer of mayo instead. Your bacon and tomato sandwich will still be smoky, delicious and juicy.
How to make the perfect Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich
But to get the perfect sandwich, just remember to abide by these bacon and tomato rules:
- You must use a sturdy bread. Don't try to use regular white sandwich bread, because it will quickly turn to mush.
- You must eat your sandwich immediately after assembling it. This one is not for the lunch box.
- If there is no tomato juice on your plate when you're done, you're probably doing it wrong.
Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich Ingredients:
Making the perfect Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich is easy (as long as you follow the rules above), and takes only a few simple ingredients:
- Crusty bread (like sourdough)
- Avocado: Make sure it's soft and ripe, but not to the point where it's starting to turn brown
- Crisp cooked bacon
- Ripe Tomato
- Salt and pepper: use MSG-salt to really put your sandwich over the top
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Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwich Nutrition Notes:
The above nutrition information uses ¼ teaspoon of added salt to calculate sodium content. The sodium in your sandwich may be more or less than noted depending on how much salt you use.
If you're interested in cutting back in calories as well as total and saturated fat, try using turkey bacon instead of regular pork bacon.
Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato Sanwich
- 2 medium slices crusty bread (like sourdough)
- ¼ medium avocado thinly sliced or mashed
- 2 slices bacon cooked crisp
- 1 medium tomato sliced
- salt and pepper
- Lightly toast bread, if desired. Layer avocado slices (or spread mashed avocado) on each slice of bread. Top one of the slices with the bacon and tomato. Season generously with salt and pepper. Eat immediately.