Possibly the best meal on the planet is a BLT made with artisan bacon, good bread, in-season tomatoes, fresh lettuce, and a bit of mayo. It's simple and wonderful. But it doesn't exactly fit inside of a bento box. So I wanted to adapt the flavors of a BLT and put them into a bento. Here's what I came up with:
It's a BLT 3 Ways Bento! In this bento are BLT Skewers, BLT Wraps, and BLT Salad, along with some grapes from Neufeld Farms and a side of mayo.
Of course to start, you have to use the best bacon. I am proud to say that I have been a member of the Black Pig Meat Co Bacon Club. One year of artisan bacon! I need to sign up again, since I let my membership lapse. Luckily, this bacon is for sale at local markets, so I can get my fix even though I am not getting my monthly slab of bacon. Black Pig Meat Co Bacon is made by John Stewart and Duskie Estes, two phenomenal chefs and owners of Zazu and Bovolo Restaurants in Sonoma County. They are really nice people, too. Duskie is going to be a contestant on the Food Network's Next Iron Chef competition, so be sure to cheer her on! Go Duskie!
For the BLT Skewers, I fried up some slices of Black Pig Meat Co Bacon and sliced them into chunks. I threaded these onto skewers with a bit of romaine (or spinach) from Offerings of the Land (I love their salad mix available at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market), a cherry tomato (these are from Ridgeview Farms and the French Garden), and a homemade croutons made from La Brea baguette (yes, I cooked them in butter and bacon drippings, OMG!) Repeat on skewer until it is filled up.
The BLT Wraps were made with a wonderful Sonoma County product called La Tortilla Factory Hand Made Style Corn Tortillas. They are chewy and soft and soooo good.
Inside of the tortilla is a smear of mayonnaise, chopped up Black Pig Meat Co Bacon, chopped cherry tomatoes from Ridgeview Farms, and a few torn pieces of lettuce from Offerings of the Land. Roll them up and slice them in half. You can secure them with a bit of toothpick if needed, but they will stay rolled up in a well packed bento box.
And finally, I made a BLT Salad with a homemade crouton (different shape than the croutons for the skewers), slices of Black Pig Meat Co Bacon, a few cherry tomatoes, and a bit of lettuce from Offerings of the Land. It's placed inside of a silicone cupcake liner. I had a side of mayo with this lunch to dip the skewers and salad mixings in, but it would have been nice to make a creamy style dressing to go with the BLT Salad.
Recipe for Home Made Croutons
chunks of bread (or thin slices)
In a skillet, heat the bacon drippings and butter together over medium heat. When the oils are hot, add the bread and toss gently to coat all sides. Heat until bread is toasted and turning brown. Add italian season and toss gently again. Remove from heat. Turn croutons out onto a plate covered with a paper towel to allow croutons to crisp up.
Beverage Pairing Suggestion: BEER. I love the very hoppy local brew made by Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg. Racer 5 India Pale Ale has a bitter bite that will offset the sweetness of the tomato and caramelized bacon. Yum, yum, yum (for 3 kinds of BLT).
Haha! Like bacon much, Michelle? Genius way to change up the classic BLT. I do love the way bacon rolls fry up nicely for convenient bento packing. I bet this was super deeelish!ReplyDelete
I just love your creativity! Almost as much as I love bacon. :)ReplyDelete
The bacon you use, well this is the Northern Ireland equivalentReplyDelete
Mmmmmm! Such an impressive and creative bento, it reflects your days of careful reflection and passion for bacon and local produce at its best...I love the skewers, they are gorgeous and wildly delicious-looking!ReplyDelete
yuuummm...3 kinds of BLT!ReplyDelete
love all the three styles! all are also good party food! maybe a BLT party?!? pretty presentation!ReplyDelete
3 ideas were put in a box, great! Two-day planning is worthy :DReplyDelete
Wow! Beautiful bento ... And I think almost everyone will say yes for bacon, I know I love it!ReplyDelete
Such a lovely bento! Love the BLT skewers! Yummy!ReplyDelete
Ha, sheri! You think?! Yes, I am crazy about bacon. I was a vegetarian for 6 years and the thing that brought me back to meat was BACON!ReplyDelete
Thanks slushygirl! Any one of these ideas would be a fun way to put BLTs in a bento. Glad you like them!ReplyDelete
Wow arkonite_babe! That site is making me hungry! What great artisan products. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks bentobird! I am going to make the BLT skewers for a birthday party this weekend. I think they will go over well. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Journal Mommy Yenny! Who doesn't love bacon?! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Xelia! I thought so too! The skewers will be perfect to bring along to a party this weekend. That is, if I have any bacon left. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks tatabonita! I guess if I had done each kind of BLT in a separate bento I would have felt better about spending so much time thinking about this. But it gave me some great ideas for bento. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Lia! The nice thing about this bacon is that just a slice is so satisfying. It really tastes delicious.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kids Dream Work! I think the skewers idea is a keeper.ReplyDelete
Hi Krysta! Here's a napkin. ;)ReplyDelete