I wasn’t sure what I was going to post today. But whatever I decide, it has to be something simple and easy. For both you, and me.
And that’s exactly what this Avocado BLT Sandwiches are.
If it weren’t for the slices of bacon. These sandwiches are almost healthy. But who can refuse bacon? I love bacon. I absolutely love it! Don’t you….?
Com’on. I know I am not alone in this department.
I particularly love the thick bacon slices. They are perfect. Especially for these sandwiches.
As for the avocados. You have to pick the ripe ones. But firm to the touch. To be sure, look at each one. Inspect them on all sides.
I know there’s not a 100% guarantee you’re going to pick the perfect avocados. No matter how careful you are in choosing them. And that’s not your fault. Or mine.
The avocados at the grocery stores have been picked from the tree months ago. And who knows how long they have been sitting in the grocery bin?
When I was a little girl. We were around avocados. Perfectly ripe avocados. Minutes fresh from the tree. But at that time, we simply didn’t know what to do with them. Our neighbors didn’t know either. So we simple mashed them up. Added sugar to it. And walla. Sweet mashed avocado. Or for a fancier version, a drizzle of evaporated milk is added to the mixture. But we can only eat so much mashed avocados with sugar. And when eaten by itself. Avocados are bland. So we let the rest go to spoil.
We didn’t know that other countries, like America, have so much uses for them. Such as making guacamole, California rolls, sandwiches, and more. If only we knew. But of course we didn’t. We didn’t know anything. I come from a family and community of ignoramus.
My husband always tells me: you all could have gone to a library and read a book! What library? Where? In our barrio? I didn’t find out there was a place called library until I was in college. And even then. I was too shy to go in there! It was staffed with mean looking, condescending girls. Looking as if they are going to swat me with a stick if I make the wrong move! Or say a word. Or ask them questions. But then he says: You have no excuse! I don’t want to hear it! I hate when he says this. I really do. Because he makes me feel even more of a dumb ass. He is right of course. Maybe we all could have read a book. Any book. I simply wasn’t raise in an environment that read.
My father could not read. Nor write. He only knew how to scribble his name on a dotted line. I’m sure I had told you this before.
My mother was the smartest in our family. She finished fifth grade. She could read and write. And could speak decent English. In fact, she was my first English teacher. She once worked as a maid for an American family. Right after World War II. When the Americans liberated us from the Japanese. The American family had two children. A son and a daughter. And she was their nanny. And that’s how she learned and practiced the English language.
As for reading. The only books we read were the text books issued to us from school. And we didn’t study English literature or world history. And I think this explains a lot why we act the way we do as a people. And as a country.
We haven’t advanced much. It’s true that Filipinos work around the world as skilled and technical workers. Medical workers. Domestic helpers. But I don’t know if I will call these advancements. Yes. The remittances from Filipino overseas workers accounts for 10% of the country’s gross domestic product. And still increasing year, after year.
What does this mean? This means, we are a people who can adapt anywhere. Anyplace. Anytime. This also means that we are expendable labor. Readily exported and exploited for the right price.
Well. OK. Let’s get back to the Avocado BLT sandwiches…
You will need the following:
I’ve tried cooking bacon in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15 to 25 minutes. This is how restaurants cook their bacon. But, I must say. I prefer cooking bacon the old fashioned way. And here is why.
The oven cooked bacon is greasier. Even after they have been drained and patted with paper towels. Whereas the ones cooked in a a skillet… are crisper and less greasy. Takes longer. But I’d cook bacon in a skillet anytime.
During the time I took this photo. I was making sandwiches for Ramon. Thus I only slice what I needed.
Sprinkle each half with freshly ground black pepper.
Again. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Two slices for each person.
Serve with your choice of potato chips or soup.
Here’s the recipe:
Avocado BLT Sandwiches
Serves 3 – 4 people
1 package (16 ounces) Thick Bacon Cuts – cooked and drained
1 Ciabata Bread or Flat Bread
Large ripe tomato – thinly sliced
Half of Red Onion – thinly sliced
Spring Mix greens or baby spinach (get the ones that have been thoroughly washed and ready to use)
2 ripe large Avocados – half avocado for each person
Fine sea salt or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Split the Ciabata bread. Smear each half, cut side, with mayonnaise. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
Line the thinly sliced tomatoes over on one of the bread halves. Generously sprinkle salt and black pepper over the thinly sliced tomatoes.
Place a layer of thinly sliced red onions over the tomatoes.
Generously layer spring mix greens, or baby spinach over the tomato and onion layer.
Layer avocado slices over the spring mix green. Generously sprinkle salt and black pepper over the avocado slices.
Line the cooked and drained bacon over the avocado layer.
Place the other bread half over the one with filled with avocados and bacon.
Slice the whole sandwich into three and then slice each third in half.
Serve sandwiches with your choice of soup.
Enjoy and Happy Cooking!