The Winter has come, and hopefully wanes soon in the Northwest. I will spare you from roasted, soupy things (for now), and instead bring you sandwich. Oh yes. That wonderful comfort food you can eat with your hands. Don't you love a food that requires no utensils? Plus, this sandwich is elegant, easy, and quick. Mini versions would be excellent for a tapas party or brunch.
This has made it to Bite's blog by means of my daughter. When she wants a BLT, she asks for it "fancy". Thus the name "bliss". This is a sandwich you can get up close and personal with. There's bacon (got your attention?), creamy avocado, saltiness...and a surprise twist. It's not particularly healthy...hey...I said sandwich, not salad; but it can be just as lovely as the original with healthy twists. I will share my healthy suggestions throughout the post!
Lets do this.
Ingredients: (Mix together for one or more sandwich)
Making the bliss
Cook your bacon, perhaps cut it in half for ease of plating. While cooking, crack on each side some fresh pepper. While it cooks, you can mix your mayo or greek spread with the basil, and spread on the bread.
Then, once the bacon is done..layer! We like to layer the bacon on one side with the parm so it melts, and all the veg on the other - before we combine for the Bliss. For a healthy version, layer in a long romaine cup for a very crunchy savory wrap. Top with a very light drizzle of the balsamic.It should be a "hint" in the background.
Serve as is, or further grill panini style! If you are healthily using romaine for your "bread", a head, when halved - and given a quick broil, (in the oven or sear on the grill) with a spritz of olive oil, gives it a great flavor. (Just cook til the edges slightly brown, and you can smell it becoming toasty.) If you are going the "double cook route", I recommend adding the balsamic not to the inside, but to the bread/lettuce itself before panini-ing or broiling, with the olive oil and a touch of dried rosemary (crush it between your fingers).
Of course you can substitute whole wheat tortillas, or even mix the above into a carb free frittata. The balsamic drizzle is the secret kick!