Farmers Market BLT

Mario Batali
Servings: 4
1 to 30 min
Part 1 of 2

Bacon...Lettuce...Tomato?? Oh my! Whip up Mario's delicious BLT in minutes with minimal ingredients!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Farmers Market BLT
  • 1/2 pound Bacon
  • Olive Oil
  • 4 Tomatoes (mixed varieties if desired)
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cornmeal or Quick Cooking Polenta
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 8 slices Country Loaf
  • 3 tablespoons Honey
  • Pickles (sliced, to taste)
  • 4 Nice Leaves of Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Romesco Aioli
  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • pinch Chile Flakes
  • 1/3 cup Slivered Almonds
  • 4 Jarred Roasted Red Peppers
  • squeeze Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Reserved Bacon Fat
  • Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat, add the Bacon to the pan while still cold and cook until the Bacon is crispy. Drizzle with the Honey and cook another minute to caramelize. Remove Bacon from the pan and reserve the fat for the Aioli.
  • Slices the Tomatoes and set up two shallow dishes -- one with the beaten Eggs, and one with the Cornmeal or Polenta. Dredge half of the Tomatoes in the Egg, and then into the Polenta.
  • Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat, and add a few tablespoons of Olive Oil. Add the dredged Tomatoes and cook until lightly golden brown on both sides. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Season the remaining half of the Tomatoes with Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper. Place a slice of each type of Tomato on 4 slices of bread, squeezing some of the Tomato juice on each bread slice. Top with Bacon, Lettuce, Pickles, and a dollop of the Aioli. Sandwich with the remaining bread and enjoy.
  • To make the Romesco Aioli:
  • Combine all ingredients except for the Olive Oil and reserved Bacon fat in a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth. With the processor running, add the Olive Oil and Bacon fat in a slow, steady stream. Season to taste with Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper.
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