A perfect summer snack.
Cold and crispy lettuce, smokey bacon, sweet and tangy tomatoes and a punch of fresh basil? HEAVEN.
You know who else would like these?
Everyone. And their mothers.
Everyone loves a great Tortellini Pasta Salad, or a delicious Warm Potato Salad, but sometimes different is fun right? These little yummies hit the perfect balance of different without being weird and unfamiliar. I mean, who doesn’t love a BLT? Once my grandparent’s tomatoes came into season, they were on regular rotation in my house growing up . Meaning, these hit that childhood nostalgia centre of my brain hard.
You’ll notice the recipe calls for either bacon OR vegan/ tempeh bacon. This is a perfect recipe for a vegan swap if you’re trying to please both meat eaters and vegetarians at a party, because not only is there very little extra work required, our veggie friends won’t feel as though they’ve been ripped off. They get to eat essentially the same thing as everyone else. I know I like to feel included at a party. You?
Now before I move on from bacon, please tell me you’ve baked bacon before. If not, friends, it will actually change your life. This method is zero mess (like, zero), and results in the most perfectly evenly crisp bacon ever. Not only that, it’s all done in one shot! There’s no batch after batch in a hot pan that sizzles fiery bacon grease all over your tender exposed forearms (or other sensitive exposed areas – no judgement!). Try it once and you will never go back. Scout’s honour.
Once your ingredients are prepped and ready, these come together quickly. If you’re like me, the first few attempts at rolling will be pretty messy and ugly. Thus, the only solution is to eat them immediately. You wouldn’t want to lower your standards and present an ugly (albeit totally flipping delicious) BLT roll to a guest! How shameful! I promise, your guests and your satisfied tummy will thank you.
So, what are your creative summer recipe ideas? Do you have a unique dish that people go crazy for? Let us know, and in the meantime get your BLT on!