Bacon, Lettuce, Apple and Jalapeno Sandwich
Crispy, crunchy, tangy, sweet, spicy. All in one sweet, sweet package.
After a recent cooking extravaganza that I had with my roommates we had a lot of bacon leftover. Stifling my urge to simple cook the bacon and begin stuffing it into my face while still piping (to hell with the burns, they don’t tell me what to do), I realized that I also had a loaf of bread. This struck me as something important. After a half hour of sitting at my kitchen table in heavy contemplation while I stared at the bacon and the bread, I had an epiphany. I almost had all the ingredients for a classic BLT! Alas, I was out of tomato. I was about to give up and just have a plain bacon sandwich (A bacon and lettuce sandwich? What kind of American are you?), when an idea struck, and I had to experiment.
– 4 Strips of Thick Cut Bacon
– Lettuce (I used a Spring Mix Salad)
– 1 Granny Smith Apple
– Pickled Jalapenos
– 2 Slices of Whole Wheat Bread, Thick
– Mustard/Condiments of Your Choosing
– ¼ Cup of Sugar
Do I need to put down instructions? It’s a damn sandwich. If you can’t make that then just slowly back away from the fire box in the big scary food room and go back outside to play whiffleball with the other children. I’ll put what I did for the apple, but I think y’all can figure out the rest.
– Peel, core and slice the apple into ½ inch slices.
– Heat the sugar in a pan to medium high heat and pour in the sugar. Constantly stir.
– When sugar melts and becomes gooey and start to boil, add your butter. I never measure butter, I just use however much I think it would take to make what I’m cooking completely awesome.
– Lower heat and place apples in pan. Let them soak up the goodness.
– Flip. Goodness soak.
After about five minutes (or until you can’t stand the smell of bacon, caramelized apples and buttered bread any longer) take the apples off the stove, and prepare your sandwich to meet your specific sandwich needs. I tend to like mustard more than mayo, but I was out of mayonnaise anyway. The addition of the jalapenos is optional as I only added them as a whim at the very end, but their involvement in the dish brought this to a whole new level. I would also be interested in seeing this down with pears, or perhaps even peaches.
Screw a BLT, try a BLAJ!