The Ultimate BLT Sandwich

I don’t know about you but our vegetable garden is off the charts right now. Tomato plants are taller than I am and blooming like you won’t believe. We’ve picked our share of beans, peas, broccoli, napa cabbage, and berries. It’s a real pleasure to head to the yard every day and harvest what we can, and then prepare a meal with fresh produce. To me, there is nothing more satisfying than that, and I wish I had more land to plant four times the amount that we already have. With that said, it’s tomato season and that means a few things, but one important one. That is it’s BLT season, and I love that season. The BLT screams summer time grub to me, and as I love the basic BLT, I also love changing it up a bit. This is where the ultimate BLT comes into play. This BLT has avocado, and a great garlic hummus that holds everything together.

The Ultimate BLT Sandwich
The Ultimate BLT Sandwich

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of thick cut bread, lightly toasted
  • 3 slices of Nueske’s (or your favorite) thick cut bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup lettuce, chopped
  • 1 whole avocado, mashed
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 4 slices of your favorite tomato
  • salt and pepper to taste

Super simple sandwich, and that’s what I love about this one, well, that and everything else that goes into it.

Start by smearing hummus on one piece of the lightly toasted bread. Smear the mashed avocado on the other slice of bread.

Top the hummus with the lettuce, then the bacon, then the tomato slices.

Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado and Hummus Sandwich
Bacon Lettuce Tomato Avocado and Hummus Sandwich

Top with the sliced bread with the avocado smear, smear down, and then give a gentle push on the sandwich, binding all of the ingredients.

Now dig in. Open wide on this one. That lightly toasted bread gives great texture to the sandwich. Your bites include everything you want in a sandwich. Light garlic flavor from the hummus, and the creaminess of the avocado pairs so well with the awesomeness of the smokey bacon. This is a true winner of a sandwich. Try adding the hummus and avocado smear to your next BLT, and make it the ultimate BLT sandwich. Hope you enjoy!

The Ultimate BLT Sandwich
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Recipe type: Sandwiches
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 slices of thick cut bread, lightly toasted
  • 3 slices of Nueske’s (or your favorite) thick cut bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup lettuce, chopped
  • 1 whole avocado, mashed
  • ½ cup hummus
  • 4 slices of your favorite tomato
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by smearing hummus on one piece of the lightly toasted bread. Smear the mashed avocado on the other slice of bread.
  2. Top the hummus with the lettuce, then the bacon, then the tomato slices.
  3. Top with the sliced bread with the avocado smear, smear down, and then give a gentle push on the sandwich, binding all of the ingredients.

 

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Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

A couple of weeks back, it was pizza night. Yes, we have pizza night, and to me it trumps taco night. Well, let’s just say it is extremely close to taco night. I knew that I had my dough, and a bunch of cheese, also some miscellaneous vegetables, but I did not know if we had pepperoni. Lord forbid if we don’t have pepperoni for one of my picky eaters. With that said, I decided to not stop at the store and pick up pepperoni. I was going to take a chance on what I had at home. Low and behold do you think I had pepperoni? Nope. What was a man to do to accommodate this picky eater? Well, I made bacon pizza. REALLY GOOD BACON PIZZA.

As I did not have pepperoni, what I did have was a great package of Nueske’s Wild Cherrywood Smoked Uncured Bacon.  I was stoked to say the least, and I am a big fan of bacon on pizza to begin with, however I have never tried to just make a bacon pizza. This was the time, and that time was great.

As my daughter was craving my fried pizza dough sticks, I decided to accommodate her on that request as well as I had plenty of dough to go around.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza Recipe
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of pizza dough, shaped into a 12 or 14″ round
  • 4 slices of Nueske’s bacon, or your favorite, sliced and par cooked
  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • light corn meal, optional

That’s it. Pretty easy. It’s a bacon pizza.

I use a KettlePizza, however if you are not using this, heat your oven to the highest temperature with the pizza stone in there for preheating.

During this time, make the pizza.

Start by heating a skillet on medium heat, and add the bacon. You are not going to fully cook the bacon, but about half way, as the rest will cook with the pizza. Once partially cooked, remove, and strain any fat on a paper lined plate.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza Ingredients
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza Ingredients

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust a pizza paddle with the light corn meal so that it will slide off easily, and then add the formed pizza dough.

Next, top with the cheese. Yes, I did not use sauce on this one, only cheese and bacon.

Top with the bacon, and then cook in your oven until the cheese is melted, the bacon is slightly crisp, and the dough is golden.

Nueske's Bacon Pizza
Nueske’s Bacon Pizza

Dig in.

Now do you think my kid(s) loved this pizza? Heck yes they did. Even one of my kids that typically does not like bacon (Yes, I have one), loved it. I had to make another one because they all devoured it so quickly. Thankfully the KettlePizza comes to the rescue there as I can cook a pizza in about 4 minutes using that.

Regardless, if you have never tried a simple bacon pizza, give this a try. It’s really, really good.

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Crispy Waffle Nachos

It was taco Thursday the other night. I know, I know. Typically you have that whole taco Tuesday thing going on, but let’s be honest, sometimes we never hit that mark due to schedules, etc, and who could not eat nachos any day of the week, right? As my kids typically would yell out their go to dinner idea (bacon burger, hot dogs, steak), my wife always leans towards nachos. So nachos it was. I’m the one who loads those nachos up. My kids are typically meat and cheese, and I force them to go for the lettuce or avocado, and my wife is pretty good at loading her’s up with the exception of things like olives and jalapeños. With that said, I had some nacho ingredients left over, and the following day my expectation was to use those up for breakfast.

Waffle Nachos Recipe

As I had set out the leftovers in the morning, my initial thought was to scramble everything up into some sort of nacho omelette, but that’s when the idea sparked, and hence came the crispy waffle nachos!

Talk about the best breakfast, possibly ever. You get the sweetness from the crips waffle, and the savoriness from all of the leftover nacho ingredients. Did I mention bacon?

Let’s get started.

Ingredients for the Waffle:

  • 1 cup of Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Now I am going to let you decide on how you want to load up your nachos, as this becomes a personal preference by many. Regardless, here is what I used to give you some sort of roadmap in building your own.

Ingredients for the Nachos:

  • 1 cup of shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup of cooked corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked ground seasoned ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (reserve some of the bacon grease and keep the skillet)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 whole Jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • your favorite hot sauce, to your liking
  • waffle iron

Now if you want to take the easy route and use up frozen Eggo brand waffles, so be it, but if you have a waffle iron, then make your own. They are better, and better is good.

Start by mixing your waffle ingredients, and mix until everything is incorporated. Add in half of the cooked and crumbled bacon, and all of the minced garlic, and give another mix. Let this rest for about 5 minutes.

Next, heat your waffle iron, on high heat. Spray just a bit of cooking spray onto eat of the griddles.

Prepare the rest of your ingredients.

Ladle in the waffle batter, close and let the waffle cook. The addition of the melted butter will get these waffle nice and golden crisp.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

How to make waffle nachos

 

Once the waffle is fully cooked, and crisp, remove it from the waffle iron, and place into the skillet with some of the reserved bacon grease. We are going to finish this in the oven to get the cheese, and other ingredients nice and warmed through.

Start building your waffle nachos.

Add most of the the cheese to the top of the waffle, along with the ground beef, red onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, and remaining bacon. Top with any remaining cheese to hold everything together, and place into the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.

Remember, use your hot mit to remove the skillet from the oven. Mentally it’s easy to just think you can grab the handle of the skillet, but do not do that!

Once removed, slide the waffle onto your serving plate, and finish with the green onions, fresh cilantro, and the hot sauce.

Crispy Waffle Nachos

 

Time to dig in! Talk about a masterpiece in nacho town, this thing was awesome. I’m kind of glad no one was around at the time because I tore into this thing. You get the crispy waffle and everything you love about the nacho, but the sweetness of the waffle itself really set this one apart from the others. This would be a perfect brunch idea as well. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Crispy Waffle Nachos
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Recipe type: Appetizers, Brunch
Cuisine: Nachos
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Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for the Waffle:
  • 1 cup of Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete pancake mix
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • Ingredients for the Nachos:
  • 1 cup of shredded colby jack cheese
  • ¼ cup of cooked corn kernels
  • ¼ cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cooked ground seasoned ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (reserve some of the bacon grease and keep the skillet)
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ whole Jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • your favorite hot sauce, to your liking
  • waffle iron
Instructions
  1. Now if you want to take the easy route and use up frozen Eggo brand waffles, so be it, but if you have a waffle iron, then make your own. They are better, and better is good.
  2. Start by mixing your waffle ingredients, and mix until everything is incorporated. Add in half of the cooked and crumbled bacon, and all of the minced garlic, and give another mix. Let this rest for about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, heat your waffle iron, on high heat. Spray just a bit of cooking spray onto eat of the griddles.
  4. Prepare the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Ladle in the waffle batter, close and let the waffle cook. The addition of the melted butter will get these waffles nice and golden crisp.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Once the waffle is fully cooked, and crisp, remove it from the waffle iron, and place into the skillet with some of the reserved bacon grease. We are going to finish this in the oven to get the cheese, and other ingredients nice and warmed through.
  8. Start building your waffle nachos.
  9. Add most of the the cheese to the top of the waffle, along with the ground beef, red onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn, and remaining bacon. Top with any remaining cheese to hold everything together, and place into the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted.
  10. Remember, use your hot mit to remove the skillet from the oven. Mentally it’s easy to just think you can grab the handle of the skillet, but do not do that!
  11. Once removed, slide the waffle onto your serving plate, and finish with the green onions, fresh cilantro, and the hot sauce.

 

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Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

A mouthful not only in the title of this one, but a delicious mouthful when biting into this mammoth of a burger.  There are always different ways to serve up burgers, and for the last year or so I have been going with the smashed burger route on a large cast iron skillet. I’ve said it before, but anytime I ask my kids what they would like to eat, the oldest always shouts out ‘burgers’. As my wife had other plans to help out with her parents this past weekend, I decided to opt-in on the burger suggestion as it was only going to be me and my son hanging out that night.

So, as I went to the store to shop for the ingredients, I decided that I would get some nice rolls from the bakery. I was going to buy two of these awesome butter top buns that are just perfect when holding up to big, juicy burgers, but then something grabbed my attention; the asiago jalapeno bagel. I’ve never thought of using a bagel as the bun, but now after experimenting with it, I’m sold.

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger

Now you can go any direction with your burger, whether plain, cheese, onions, etc, but I thought this one worked out well.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 3/4 inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.

Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.

I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.

asiago-jalapeno-bagel-burger-ingredients

Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.

Let’s build this burger.

Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

I was blown away with every bite. The bagel in itself was exceptionally good, but the combination of all of this, along with some of that mild bite from the jalapeno, just made this one of my favorite burgers. I’ve made enough in my time, but seriously this is up there as being on of my top favorites. So the next time you are cooking burgers, think of the bagel as the bun. It was a real game changer. I hope you enjoy!

Asiago Jalapeno Bagel Burger
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Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • ¾ inch sliced red onion
  • 2 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of American Cheese
  • head lettuce to your liking
  • 1 Asiago Jalapeno Bagel, sliced
  • pickles to your liking
  • brown gravy, optional
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by forming your patty and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. While those rest, prepare the rest of your ingredients, as well as get your charcoal lit for your grill. If you are not using charcoal, then use your gas grill, or stove and large skillet. Again, no preference here.
  2. Once your grill is nice and hot, add the burger. Cook to your desired temperature (I prefer medium with a bit of warm pink in the center), but when you flip, add the American cheese to get it nice and melted.
  3. I also place the onion on the grill for a few minutes, as well as the asiago jalapeno bagel to warm those through.
  4. Now I stated brown gravy. If you don’t have any, don’t worry (but it did give a nice, additional flavor to this burger. I only used it because I had some leftover from making my poutine potato skins.
  5. Let’s build this burger.
  6. Take the bottom part of your bagel and smear the warm brown gravy onto it. Add the sliced red onion, the bacon, the burger, the lettuce, and then a couple of pickles. Top with the top of the bagel, press down, then get into this thing.

 

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