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Monday, December 27, 2010

How This Avocado BLT Stacks Up

Avocado is my butter, and I absolutely adore it!  Probably because I eat very little butter, I find avocado a special treat.  I remember my mother, a dietitian, always said avocado had a lot of fat, but the good kind - well, bring it on!

Following is my simple version of an Avocado BLT which I've been making for many years (way before the current wave of recipes for it).  But how you stack this sandwich is critical to its fabulous taste.  You want the bacon to impart its salty flavor between the avocado and tomato!

I typically enjoy this sandwich for brunch.  Whether you have it for brunch, lunch, dinner or in between, you'll find it delicious anytime! 

Oh, if you wondered what happened to those tomatoes from my last blog, well....

How to Stack This Avocado BLT*

1.  Toast two slices of a hearty, whole-grain bread (I like a 9 or 12-grain).

2.  Spread mayo on each slice of the toasted bread (I use a reduced fat).

3.  Place a large green salad leaf on one slice of the bread.

4.  Place a couple of slices of tomato on top of the salad leaf.  Add salt and fresh ground black pepper.

5.  Add a couple of slices of cooked bacon (I use an extra-lean turkey bacon; if you like, there is a low-fat pork bacon.)

6.  Add one-half of a ripe avocado,** sliced lengthwise.  Sprinkle with salt.

7.  Top with the other slice of toasted bread.

8.  Cut the sandwich in half with a sharp serrated knife. Enjoy!

*Use premium ingredients.
**An avocado is ripe when slightly soft to the touch.

           And here's a great way to use the other half of that avocado:

I used mozzarella cheese with the avocado in this omelette, but I always use whatever is on hand:  Swiss, Colby, Cheddar, etc.

If you're not quite ready to use the other half of your avocado, I recently discovered this neat gadget which helps retard browning.  You strap the avocado in it like a baby in a car seat and place in the refrigerator. Be sure to cut the avocado evenly, since the idea is to keep the avocado from being exposed to air, and place it in its little seat with the seed intact (there's an indentation for the seed);  a similar gadget is also made for apples:

                                               My "Butter Dish"
Before I place the avocado in the gadget, I sprinkle it with lemon juice and/or "Fresh Fruit" produce protector (a powder typically used for canning and made by Ball) to also help retard browning.  If you keep the sliced avocado more than six hours in the avocado holder, it's still going to brown a little; but the lemon juice and/or powder will help prevent more intense browning.  I generally use the avocado within a couple of days and just scrape off any browning.  Have Fun! 

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  1. @Martha Lever - It's soooo good and easy - Enjoy it for New Year's and Have a Great One!!

  2. Hi Bonnie,
    Thanks so much for your comment and --yes, here's to new beginnings!!!
    Happy New Year!

  3. @Martha Lever - Thanks, I hope you have a Delicious New Year!

  4. @Simply Life - Thanks, try it - you'll love it! Have a Yummy New Year!

  5. Yes. Avocado is great on sandwiches. Nice work with using the juice as a protector. I heard that's the way to do it.

  6. @Mark - Yes, I love the stuff - I forgot how great avocado is also when stuffed with crab, chicken or tuna salad. In fact, I picked up some canned crab today, and I think I'll do just that: make a salad and stuff half an avocado with it--can't wait!! Also, lime juice would work well. Have a Tasty New Year!

  7. @Cookings my pleasure! Welcome! Yes, kick back and savor! Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I also love avocado. I don't spread butter on bread, but I love spreading a little bit of the green gem. We just had tacos last night, and the guacamole was my favorite part. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a weekend full of laughter with those that you love.

  9. @Monet - I appreciate your attestation of how wonderful avocado is as a spread. Can't say enough about the buttery flavor! Have a fantastic weekend!

  10. Love avocado and they're so good for you, gotta try out this blt as it sounds so tasty........yum, Regina