I've learned that eating healthier is not simply replacing one ingredient with one of a healthier aspect. Sure, that works for a while, but gets boring and dull in the long-term, and eventually, abandoned altogether. For me, it's making a few sacrifices here and there, and for anything I deduct, I try to add another element that raises the whole.
I tinkered with this sandwich and think I've found the perfect blend of texture, crunch, taste and comfort without the jam-packed fat of the old-fashioned, mayo-slathered, pork-poppin' B.L.T.
Try it. I think you'll agree it's a winner.
I like to slice it into 1/4" to 3/8" slices. You can slice it a bit thicker if you like, but for me, that's just a little too much bread.I prefer it not to be toasted, because the softness of the bread and crusty exterior plays nicely alongside the textures to come.
While the turkey bacon is crisping up, I spread a small amount of Smart Balance mayo. It's low fat, heart healthy, popping with Omega 3 and it's what I use.
I add a layer of red romaine lettuce next. The key here is crisp! I am not a limp lettuce kinda guy and I want mine to "snap"!
Following the romaine lettuce comes three slices of ripe tomato. Again, "ripe" being key. I am going for contrasting textures here.
After the tomato comes three leaves of fresh basil. I cannot impress strongly enough the element this adds to the sandwich. The distinctive basil flavor radiates and enhances every other flavor in ever bite.
For me, it all begins with the bread. Artisan breads are the way to go and I most often opt for a rustic wheat or whole grain. I am also partial to an olive oil/rosemary bread I tried a few times.
This time out, I went with a round Italian loaf.
I use turkey bacon as opposed to it pork counterpart. I know, purists are jumping through their shorts right about now, but at 17 calories a slice (Butterball:Thin & Crisp) it's something I can live with.
Spread a sheet of non-stick aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and arrange the slices. You'll only need 3 or 4 per sandwich. Pop them in the broiler and they crisp up in no time.
Next comes three or four slices of that crispy Butterball turkey bacon.
Finally, come the secret weapon. Yep, the naughty finale, but one that adds crunch, texture and oniony goodness -
Close the lid, cut on the bias and ENJOY!!