It’s not an easy task to get me to eat mayonnaise.
Oil? Fine. Eggs? Yeah, sure, why not? Blend them together, and I usually want nothing to do with the whole situation.
I did discover that if I dress up mayo with lots of fresh parsley and chives, it’s insanely good. What would this new fancy mayo be good on? Oh, how about some summertime BLTs with oven-cooked mustard and brown sugar bacon, butter lettuce leaves and some super awesome local sliced tomatoes?
I’m into it. You should be, too!
Hooray, it’s National Sandwich Month! The whole month of August, I’ll be bringing you piles of sandwich recipes so you can celebrate to your stomach’s content. Come back every Sunday this month for a new, kickass sandwich recipe!
brown sugar bacon BLTs with fresh herb mayo
makes 4 sandwiches
12 slices bacon
1/4 c stone ground mustard
1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 Tbs + 1 tsp fresh minced chives
1 Tbs + 1 tsp fresh minced parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper
8 slices white sandwich bread
4 leaves butter lettuce
8 slices ripe tomato
Cook the bacon: Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Lay bacon strips on a foil-lined baking sheet so the bacon is not overlapping. Brush the bacon on one side with the mustard and sprinkle the slices evenly with the brown sugar. Cook for 30-35 minutes until darkly caramelized. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
Make the mayo: In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise with the minced chives, parsley and black pepper. Use immediately if you wish, though it tastes better after it can chill in the fridge for a day.
Build your sandwiches: Toast the bread. Spread each slice of toast with 1 tablespoon of the herb mayo. Top one side of toast with 2 slices of tomato and 1 lettuce leaf. Cover the lettuce with three strips of bacon that have been cut in half. Slap on the other piece of mayo-ed toast. [If you’re one of those people who adores mayo till death do you part, go ahead and double the herb mayo recipe and spread each slice of toast with 2 tablespoons of mayo instead of 1]
Enjoy your ridiculously good looking BLT! Oh, and share with friends if you want. You don’t have to, I totally understand if you want to save all 4 sandwiches for yourself.