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Rhonda Franz: Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas with Petit Jean Meats

Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas: Variations on BLT

Oh, the beloved BLT: a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich is so good you can almost get by without one of the three core ingredients. Except the Petit Jean Meats bacon. Or the tomato.

I haven’t much need to mess with the original, except that variations are fun and in some cases and for some food preferences, add pizzazz to the standard sandwich. Following are a few BLT variations I’ve played around with in my kitchen.

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The Breakfast BLT

Of course you can have a BLT for breakfast (BACON, people), and with tomato to boot. I am leaving out the lettuce on this one, because I’m not sure about lettuce for breakfast. So, it’s more like a breakfast BLT minus the L . No worries, though: I’ve added some vowels.

Rhonda Franz: Open Face BLT
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Ingredients
  1. thick white or whole-grain bread, toasted
  2. 1 to 2 strips Petit Jean bacon
  3. 1 to 2 slices tomato
  4. 2 to 3 slices avocado
  5. 1 egg
  6. salt to taste
  7. cooking oil
Instructions
  1. Lay toasted bread on plate.
  2. Cook bacon, pat with paper towel, and set on toast.
  3. Pat tomato slices with a paper towel to soak juices and sauté in a skillet on medium heat for about a minute. Add to bacon.
  4. Cook egg over easy, runny yolk or solid yolk. Add to bacon.
  5. Lay avocado slices on top. Eat the open-faced toast while ingredients are nice and warm.
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The BLT Salad

I like whole cherry tomatoes for this one. The egg provides perfect companionship to other ingredients, and crispy bacon adds the crunch.

Rhonda Franz: The BLT Salad
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Ingredients
  1. a mixture of dark greens and crispy lettuce
  2. 2 to 3 strips Petit Jean bacon, cooked slightly overdone (to crispy), cooled and chopped or torn into small pieces
  3. a few cherry tomatoes
  4. 1 hard-boiled egg, cut into wedges or crumbled
  5. other good toppings for this salad: croutons, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado, grated carrots
  6. dressings to make this salad delightful: ranch, blue cheese or balsamic vinaigrette.
Instructions
  1. Toss lettuce with chopped bacon
  2. Top with cherry tomatoes, egg and other ingredients you’re using.
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BLT salad

 

BLT Kabobs

This one’s just for fun. Iceberg lettuce works the best for sticking on skewers, but it works with any kind of lettuce folded over a time or two. The best part of these kabobs  is that they can be eaten cold.

Rhonda Franz: BLT Kabobs
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Ingredients
  1. several pieces of toast
  2. iceberg lettuce cut into small wedges or leaf lettuce torn into big pieces
  3. cherry tomatoes, whole or halved
  4. cooked potatoes, sliced or diced
  5. several strips of Petit Jean bacon, cooked and cooled (for this recipe, it’s best to have the bacon not overdone)
Instructions
  1. In any order, slide the ingredients onto a skewer.
  2. In any order, eat the ingredients.
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BLT kabobs

 

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Kicky Avocado Kale Salad {Foodie Friday}

Kicky Avocado Kale Salad

Looking for a an easy salad with lots of taste? Try this easy Kicky Avocado Kale Salad. It’s healthy and the avocado’s natural oils are the base of your salad dressing. I can eat my weight in this salad.

 

Kicky Avacado Kale Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

5-6 leaves kale, chopped to bite size pieces
1 1/2 avocado, divided
1-3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash of salt
 
Wash the Kale really well and remove the center stem. Chop into bite size pieces and set aside.

Kicky Avocado Kale Salad

In a bowl, add 1 large avocado, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt.
 
In a bowl, mix the ingredients by hand or fork to make the dressing. (I do this with my hand.)
 
Kicky Avocado Kale Salad
 
With your hands fold in the avocado mixture into the kale. Keep folding until all the kale leaves are thoroughly coated.
Take half an avocado and slice. Garnish the salad with avocado slices and dash or two of cayenne pepper.
 
Avacado Salad Lake Chicot
 
Enjoy!
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