I’m pleased to announce that we are back from hiatus! Lots of family events, graduations, births, and other special occasions have kept us quite busy! Now that the season is turning colder, that means more time indoors, and more time for making (and in my case eating) delicious food!
As we all know, bacon makes everything better. Matter of fact, it is what brought CPL Mac and I together in the first place. The very first and only word that I ever said to CPL Mac when we first spoke was in fact, bacon. Apparently bacon is all you need to start a relationship and several years later you end up happily married.
Bacon actually gets a pretty bad rap considering one slice is only a little over 40 calories. Sure, you can’t eat a whole plate of it without paying a price, but you can sure use it to liven up a salad without too much consequence. So without further ado, check out the Culinary Corporal’s version of a “deconstructed” B.L.T.
- 2 cups of lettuce
- One medium sized Roma tomato
- 2 Strips of Bacon
- 10-12 Sour Cream and Onion Triscuits (or flavored cracker of choice)
- ¼ cup of Shredded Smoked Gouda Cheese
- I can't stress this enough cook your bacon well, there are a billion and seven different ways to prepare your bacon, convection, broil, bake, fry, even sadly enough microwave. It doesn't really matter who you choose to cook your bacon, but just make sure its done. Depending on your method it can take as little as 90 seconds to cook your bacon, make a determination and go for it; if you use a slower method you need to allow time for it to finish so you're not sitting there salivating over your half completed salad staring woefully into your convection oven.
- Take your lettuce and wash well. Shred it by hand to make it nice bite-sized chunks. Place it a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Dice your tomato. Normally I try and cut them into half inch cubes or smaller so there well dispersed throughout the salad. Sprinkle them lightly with salt to really bring out the tomato goodness.
- Toss your tomatoes into the mixing bowl and toss well. We are not using any dressing so the tomato juice should coat most of the leaves and this is important for the next step
- Put your 12 (or more) wheat thin crackers into a food processor if you have one, if not just place them in a bag and go all hulk smash until they are fantastic little crumbles to top the salad.
- Since the above steps should take you all of 2 minutes to complete I imagine right about now there is a lovely aroma of bacon in the air, remove your bacon from the cookery of choice and mince it into little morsels no bigger then about a finger nail.
- You should now have a mixing bowl with red and green ready to get supper yummy, here's the fun part. Dump all the crumbled up wheat thin bits into the mixing bowl and jostle it, make sure all the little crumbles cover are pervading every bite, this will give your salad a wonderful crunch, just like the toast of a BLT.
- Now arrange your salad on the serving vessel of your choosing top with the minced bacon bits and cheese, serve, and impress.