I just renewed my license to improvise.
No, not really, but lunch today was a non-traditional take on a sandwich that is the epitome of summer: The BLT. Not that there is anything wrong with a good ol’ traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, especially when the tomato is just a little too ripe and cut, perhaps, just a little too thick. Tomatoes, after all, are practically falling from the vine this time of year in New Jersey and in my opinion could be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner without me ever growing tired of them.
But you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you limited yourself to tomatoes every time bacon and lettuce entered the sandwich equation. There are some other fun, seasonal riffs on this deli menu staple that should be shared — and the BLP is one of them.
This is a sweet/savory sandwich that makes me think of brunch, or a ladies’ tea (if proper ladies don’t mind peach juice dripping down their chins). Eat this sandwich with you pinkie extended, if you dare — the peaches will thank you. There are still some great farmer’s market peaches out there waiting to be snapped up before the all-to-short growing season is over. If you’ve got a bushel — or even just a spare peach — try this sandwich before the season is over.
Bacon, Lettuce & Peach Sandwiches with Honey Drizzle
4 slices sandwich bread, toasted
A good, fruity olive oil
6 slices bacon, cooked
1 large or 2 medium ripe peaches, sliced
1 large handful of washed and dried arugula leaves (or 4 large bib lettuce leaves)
Local honey (lavender honey if you’ve got it, but clover honey will do just fine)
Salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle one side of each slice of toast with a scant amount of olive oil. Layer two of the slices of toast with equal amounts of (in this order) the peaches, a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste, three slices of bacon, and seven or eight small arugula leaves (or two bib lettuce leaves). Top each sandwich with one of the remaining toast slices. Cut and serve.
Parent rating: Three-and-a-half stars. My husband found this sandwich just a bit too precious, but I really liked the contrast between the peaches and the peppery arugula, intermingled with bacon. I experimented a bit with a pinch of cinnamon on the peaches and recommend it as well, but that really takes this from the lunch table to the brunch table. Kick it up by GRILLING the peaches and maybe adding a crumble of blue cheese and you’ve got something in a whole different stratosphere. I think I’ll try that next time, and maybe even as an open face sandwich. That just screams brunch.
Kid rating: Sorry, loyal readers, but the kids didn’t get to try this one…at least not yet! My prediction is that they would love a peach sandwich. They would really love a peach and bacon sandwich. They would not, however, be happy with the addition of arugula or lettuce. Which would make this ‘wich a “BP” I suppose. Hmmmm. If you make it for your kiddos, let me know how it goes!