Strawberry Balsamic BLT
Strawberry Balsamic BLT– It may sound odd but trust me. Oh my word, it’s so delicious… and easy!
I had no idea that strawberries could actually taste good with lettuce and bacon until my curiosity got the better me while watching a recent episode of ‘The Kitchen’ on Food Network. Jeff Mauro whipped this baby up, and I really wasn’t that interested until his wife came on camera and took a bite. Her reaction is what caused me to go out that very day and buy the ingredients to make this sandwich. She was blown away by it, and after trying this combination of flavors – I’m pretty blown away by it too and I wanted to share this recipe goodness with all of my friends here!
What do I need to make this Strawberry Balsamic ‘BLT’?
- fresh strawberries, sliced thin
- honey oat bread (I used Arnold’s Oat Nut Bread)
- shredded iceberg lettuce
- cooked thick cut bacon
- balsamic black pepper mayonnaise (scroll down for the recipe!)
Jeff made a balsamic black pepper mayonnaise for this sandwich and I’m gong to have to to make that on it’s own and keep it in the fridge for other sandwich ideas. Good stuff!
What do I serve with it?
I personally think it’s a meal all on it’s own. But if you want to serve it with something, here’s some ideas.
- chips – I think a baked chip like SunChips would go well with this
- Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
- Creamy Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin with Gruyere Cheese
- Fanned Out Tomato Caprese Salad
Strawberry Balsamic 'BLT'
- 2 cups fresh strawberries tops removed & sliced thin
- 8 slices honey oat bread I used Arnold Oat Nut
- 1.5 cups shredded or shaved iceberg preshredded works!
- 12 slices thick cut bacon, cooked
Balsamic Black Pepper Mayonnaise
- 1 cup mayo
- 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
- 1 tbsp diced fresh basil
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- salt to taste
- Whisk together the mayo ingredients and set aside in the fridge for the flavors to marry while your bacon is cooking. You can cook the bacon in a frying pan or on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in the oven (375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until desired crispiness, rotating once).
- Spread a layer of balsamic black pepper mayo on each piece of bread. I like to spread the mayo on both slices of bread, while the original recipe does just one slice per sandwich. Then top one slice of the bread with a layer of strawberries, then shredded lettuce, and then the bacon. Top with the other slice of bread. Slice and serve.