I love tomatoes and mayo on toast and I really love BLTs but only have them twice a year, once at the beginning of tomato season when the tomatoes are at their best and then again at the end of the season when I know they'll be soon gone. We'll have them with plain mayo or avocado mayo, depending on our mood. This sandwich satisfies that BLT craving even when the tomatoes are not quite at their peak. —inpatskitchen
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: inpatskitchen is a retired teacher, paralegal and seafood retailer.
WHAT: A tomato, avocado, and bacon sandwich that defies all expectations -- in a good way.
HOW: Avocado, crumbled bacon, and rendered bacon fat (!) make an aioli never to be forgotten. Then it's just a matter of slathering it on toast and adding tomatoes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: As inpatskitchen says, the aioli is so good that "even when the tomatoes are not quite at their peak," you'll be craving this sandwich. Just imagine what it'll be like come August. —The Editors
about 2 cups of aioli for many sandwiches
For the Bacon-Avocado Aioli
slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled and rendered fat reserved
room temperature egg
large clove garlic
Juice of half a lemon
cup vegetable oil
For the sandwich
The Bacon-Avocado Aioli
Toasted slices of a good rustic Italian bread
The best tomatoes you can find, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Process the bacon, egg, garlic, lemon juice and avocado in the bowl of a mini food processor until smooth. Add the vegetable oil and the rendered bacon fat through the holes on the lid slowly while continuing to process until very smooth and thick. Refrigerate for about an hour to thicken a bit more.
For the sandwich
Slather as much of the aioli as you like on a slice of the toast. Top with a few slices of tomato and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I like these open face but if you like, slather a second piece of bread with more of the aioli and place on top.
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!