Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Ultimate T.A.B.L.E. Sandwich

Ok. You can have your BLT, I will take a TABLE. That's right - Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, Lettuce, Egg. This is a two meal sandwich - you should probably skip breakfast. Like with my Gour-Maybe Grilled Cheese, the key is amazing ingredients: Heirloom Tomatoes, Haas Avocados, thick slab Bacon, Boston Lettuce, and a freshly fried Egg (over easy). I put mine on grilled Sourdough (from a bakery), and don't skimp on the mayo, or on the salt and pepper. If  you start with quality ingredients, you'll end with an unforgettable sandwich! This is more a methodology than a recipe, as everyone pretty much knows how to make a sandwich... RIGHT? Get the recipe, after the jump!

ULTIMATE T.A.B.L.E. Sandwich (Serve 2 really really hungry large men)
You will need:
  • 4 slices sourdough (fresh as possible)
  • 8 slices of slab bacon (peppered is great too! I love Nueskes)
  • 4 slices of heirloom tomato (about 1/4 inch thickness)
  • 4 leaves Boston or Iceberg lettuce - the lighter green crunchy parts are best to me
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted, sliced thin (about 1/8 inch - need 4 slices per sandwich)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 T butter + additional if needed.
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 T good quality mayonnaise - (Dukes or Hellman's)
  • Lots of napkins
First, prep your cold ingredients: slice the tomatoes, avocado, and lettuce and set aside. I usually put these on a paper towel lined plate, to absorb any moisture, so the sandwich doesn't get soggy. cook the bacon in a large non-stick skillet or sauce pan. I like mine about medium crispy, so I use medium heat until evenly golden brown - but this is all up to you. Set aside on paper towel lined plate. Pour out all of the bacon grease but reserve 2 tablespoons in the skillet - just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Add butter to the same pan, and return heat to medium high. Working two slices at a time, griddle the bread on both sides until it begins to brown and crisp (3-5 minutes). You might need to add a touch more butter. Set bread slices aside. Crack both eggs directly into the same hot pan that the bread and bacon were cooked in. Over medium heat, cook until egg whites are very set (about 5 minutes). Flip both eggs and cook for about 20 second on the opposite side to just set the yolks. Flip again and transfer to a plate. Now it's time to build the sandwich. Lay two slices of bread down. Spread both sides generously with mayonnaise. On the left, add avocado - 4 slices (sprinkle with salt and pepper) and top with lettuce and 4 bacon strips. On the right, add tomato slices (sprinkle with salt and pepper) and top with fried egg. Carefully close bacon side on top of egg side. Slicing is also a very personal choice. I'd recommend just closing your eyes and go for it. Grab those napkins and enjoy!

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