BLT De-Constructed

August 23, 2010

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My friend Jo ( Mylastbite) came over for lunch last week.  Jo is the ULTIMATE foodie and has eaten in every restaurant across the globe. In addition, she rubs elbows with 90% of the top Los Angeles chefs and confidently calls them her friends!

I wasn’t going to serve Jo a “sissy” salad.  Jo likes to eat and I wanted something that was going to stick to her ribs.  I have been coveting a recipe for Bacon Tomato Hash.  After reading the ingredients (the best kind, 6 ingredients), I was reminded of one of my favorite sandwiches; a BLT with Avocado!

The end result was perfection.  The “BLT bruschetta” was a huge hit.  Not only with Jo, but with my boys.  This recipe, with or without the avocado, is a keeper!

BLT + Avocado Bruschetta
originally from Nigella Lawson
yield 2 servings

ingredients:
1 tsp. olive oil
5 pieces antibiotic free bacon (I used applegate farms)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large beef steak tomato
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3-4 Tbls. fresh parsley, chopped
a few grindings of fresh, cracked pepper

1 french baguette
1 ripe avocado

instructions:
• preheat oven to 350*.  cut french bread, on an angle, and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.  brush, lightly, with olive oil.
• heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  when the oil is hot, add the chopped bacon and cook until crispy. I drained a little of the bacon fat.  when the bacon is done, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.  Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire, and the parsley (save a little to sprinkle on top).
• while the tomatoes cook, put the bread in the oven (5 minutes)
• transfer bacon mixture to a bowl and season with pepper.
• mash the avocado
• spread the mashed avocado onto the bread.  sprinkle a little salt onto the avocado. top with the hash and enjoy!!!

I served this with a simple side salad and some mint infused iced green tea!  After we ate, Jo taught me the art of “Twittering”.  When Jo left, I sat in front of the computer for 2 hours, and became addicted to “tweet deck”.  I’m in trouble!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa! August 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Mmmm… I love the sound of this. I just wish Cam liked avocado.

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2 Eliana August 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Fabulous idea! Wish I had some of this for lunch right now.

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3 Kim August 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I like this recipe! And it’s definitly a keeper. I’ll try it soon!

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4 Maria August 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Great version of a blt!

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5 Brownieville Girl August 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Looks and sounds fantastic!

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6 MyLastBite August 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Was PERFECTION! Thank YOU.

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7 Marla Meridith August 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

You and Carrie both have great taste. I have no doubt in my mind this BLT rocks!

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8 Carolyn August 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Okay, you’re talking about two of my favourite foods here…BLTs and bruschetta! I can’t do the bread any more but my husband would go nuts over these.

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9 ♥peachkins♥ August 24, 2010 at 6:01 am

This looks fantastic!

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10 pigpigscorner August 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

yuum…avocado is a nice addition!

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11 The Urban Baker August 25, 2010 at 7:05 am

Thanks for devouring this post with me!Lisa – it’s great. give it to him sans avocadoEliana – make it, it takes 5 minutes!Kim – you are so right, it is a keeperMaria – better than you think it could bebrownieville girl – it is fantastic!jo – our day was perfection!Marla – it did rock!Carolyn – make this without the bread and do chunks of avocado after you take it off the stove. you will be one happy lady!peachkins – fantastic is an uderstatement!pigpigscorner – aren’t most things better with avocado? I love reading all your comments. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!Have a sweet day!

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12 M. August 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

what a great bruschetta!!! love cherry tomatoes and avocado on a crunchy baguette! yum!!!

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13 ingrid August 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

What a great idea! Way better than the traditional!!

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14 Angie's Recipes August 30, 2010 at 5:09 am

What a splendid idea of using avocado to make Bruschetta topping! They simply look divine!

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15 Sue July 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

zoinks! this is a keeper. I’ll be using this when it’s my turn to provide “family lunch” on vacation with the extend clan next month! It’s PERFECT!

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16 Susan July 19, 2011 at 8:54 am

Sue, this is one of those easy peasy recipes that will quickly become part of your repertoire. For breakfast, after school snack, or even dinner with a great pot of soup, this will be a household favorite!!! x

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17 Charlene July 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

Susan- this will make my house very happy!

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