Thin sliced bread, brushed with olive oil and toasted, topped with my homemade mozzarella, a slice of my patio grown San Marzano tomato, and fresh basil. That’s kosher salt on that basil leaf, not some kind of scaly bug! LOL These are a few caprese bites I tried with balsamic glaze. Pretty good stuff.
for the garden to produce a fat juicy ripe tomato to slice for a BLT.I suppose we could have gone with the grape or cherry tomatoes that are coming ripe but they are not the same. We have a few tomatoes from Kroger’s that are closing in on their use by date. That is a commercial blend of Creole seasoning sprinkled on the sammy.
Back by popular demand! (Mrs J wanted some.) These are made with 2 lbs of ground lamb, 1 lb ground beef, 5 slices bacon, an onion, a couple tablespoons of garlic, some ground thyme, rosemary, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Whirl the onion in your processor and squeeze out the water, then run everything in the processor until it’s just a paste. I divided the result into two loaf pans and cooked them in a water bath until they reached 165 degrees. Drain the fat and weight the cooked loaves with foil wrapped bricks as they cool on the counter. Chill and slice thin, then broil until the edges brown. The tzatziki is the usual: Greek yogurt with minced cucumber – squeeze out the water, garlic, oil, and a splash of red wine vinegar. I went looking for mint but had to settle for some fresh oregano to chop into the sauce. Worked fine.
The little smashed potatoes worked well with this. Boil the potatoes until they can be smashed easily with a spatula then pop them into hot oil. I had the deep fryer going for another project so I used it but they would fry nicely in a skillet with olive oil. The golden potatoes are good for this. That tomato was from the garden but I don’t know how much longer we’ll have them. We decided to rip out all but one tomato bush because I am done with canning sauces and juices and ketchup and soup. Last year was a near total loss for tomatoes so this year we planted extra fearing a repeat but it may have been the best year ever. I’ve been boiling down 3 5-gallon buckets per week for the last month and more and I deem our supply sufficient.
I wanted to use a big tomato from the garden because it was just perfect and it’s hard to find a better place to put a big thick slice than on a bacon sammich. I like the basil on these in place of the usual lettuce, and the fried egg is now considered as a required part of the ensemble. I used sliced sourdough for this one.