Bacon Weave BLTs

It was a beautiful spring day here in Indianapolis. That had me wishing it was summer and fresh tomatoes were available. I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to make a few BLTs, even if the tomatoes weren’t perfect. Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do. But to make up for the tomatoes I decided to make a simple bacon weave. BLTs elevated.
Bacon Weave BLTsI made these bacon weave BLTs two days in a row. I will never make them any other way again at least as far as the bacon goes. Making a weave out of the bacon is not only easy, the bacon stays together better. No chunks flying off when you take a bite. And the best part? You’re guaranteed bacon in every single bite. You can’t beat that.

Want all the flavor of a BLT in an appetizer? Try my chipotle BLT bites.

Bacon Weave BLTs

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 3 slices thick-cut smoked bacon
  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato sliced
  • Salt and pepper as desired

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 385 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Cut the bacon in half.
  • Make a bacon weave. If you're unsure exactly how to do this, click this link to see the original post (with great step-by-step pictures) on Chin Deep.
  • Lay out 3 halves of the bacon in a square. Make sure the pieces are together tightly.
  • Lift up and fold back the ends of every other one on one side of the baking sheet. Place a bacon slice perpendicular (vertically) to the horizontal rows of bacon, directly on top of the bacon strips that you did not fold back. Unfold the folded bacon to cover the strip that you just placed on the baking sheet.
  • Lift up and fold back the ends of the horizontal bacon strips that are now under the vertical bacon strip to the side of the baking sheet. Place a bacon slice right next to the first vertical bacon strip, directly on top of the bacon strips that you did not fold back. Unfold the folded bacon to cover the strip that you just placed on the baking sheet. Repeat the process of alternating the vertical and horizontal bacon strips till you reach the other end of the horizontal bacon strips.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until crispy. Carefully remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Slather bread with mayonnaise.
  • Add bacon weave, lettuce, and tomato and salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Roasted Tomato Soup

I make what I think is a mighty fine spicy tomato soup. Lately, I’ve been concentrating more on using roasted tomatoes in my dishes, so I decided to give this roasted tomato soup a try. It definitely came out chock full of great roasted tomato flavor. Just perfect. A little herb-y, and a little creamy. And a lot tomato-y.
Roasted Tomato SoupThe tomatoes took about an hour to roast. They came out looking and smelling absolutely fantastic. If it would’ve been a nicer day out I would’ve tossed them on the grill, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating.

Roasted TomatoesWhat a fantastically tomato-y soup!

Also try my delicious roasted chicken noodle soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Based on a recipe from Tiffani Thiessen

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds plum tomatoes halved, seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh chives chopped and croutons, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat,
  • Place the tomatoes cut-side up in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the tomatoes with 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, sugar, and thyme.
  • Roast the tomatoes until they are wrinkled and soft, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool until cool enough to handle. Remove skins.
  • Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and a pinch of salt, stir, and cook until starting to soften.
  • Add the garlic, stir, and cook another minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, bay leaf and the basil. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Add the cream.
  • Using an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender you can transfer the soup to a blender, but let it cool first or it will explode in the blender. You have been warned!
  • Serve warm garnished with chives and croutons if desired.

Spicy Tomato Soup

Wow. Talk about the perfect bowl of soup for a cold day. This spicy tomato soup is just fantastic. Super tomato flavor, with a hint of basil, and a really, really nice spicy kick. Perfect by itself and beyond perfect when paired with a simple grilled cheese sandwich.
Spicy Tomato Soup
I used a few cans of San Marzano tomatoes to make this spicy tomato soup, which I’ve heard about before as being great tomatoes. Apparently they are a favorite of many a pizza joint for making top-notch sauce. Well, they truly are great tomatoes. They aren’t cheap, but now I understand why. You can use ‘regular’ canned tomatoes and you’ll still be very, very pleased with this soup. But if you can find San Marzano tomatoes, I definitely recommend them.

Spicy Tomato Soup

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion halved, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon more, or less, to taste dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes, not drained (I used San Marzano)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Crème fraîche for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat oil in large saucepan.
  • Add the onion and pepper flakes and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juices along with the water.
  • Stir and bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Alternatively, use a stick blender to blend the soup.
  • Pour blended soup through a sieve to remove any solids. Push liquid through as best you can, but remove any large chunks in the liquid.
  • Return liquid to the saucepan and warm through.
  • Serve garnished with Crème fraîche if desired.