Inside-Out BLTs

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Recipe for Inside-Out BLTs

Few sandwiches are more widely enjoyed than BLTs. When hosting parties, hosts often look for foods that will appeal to their guests, which makes BLTs a great appetizer option. Those hosts who want to take a chance on a less traditional ‘BLT’ might want to consider the following recipe for ‘Inside-Out BLTs’ from Bob Blumer’s ‘Surreal Gourmet Bites’ (Chronicle Books). Unlike traditional BLTs, this recipe includes cheese and some additional unique properties guests are sure to love.

Inside-Out BLTs Yields 12 bites 8 strips premium bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/8-inch strips 8 firm Roma tomatoes or green (unripe) tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices 1 cup flour 3 eggs, beaten 2 cups bread crumbs or panko 3 or more tablespoons olive oil Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1-4-ounce log goat cheese, approximately 1-1/2 inches in diameter, sliced 1/8-inchthick 24 arugula leaves, lower stems discarded Cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain on a paper towel.

Select the 24 most uniform tomato slices and save the rest for tomorrow’s lunch. Dredge slices in flour, then in eggs, then pat down in bread crumbs. Reserve on plates, but do not stack.

In a sauté’s pan over medium-high heat, add 3 tablespoons oil. When oil is hot, add as many breaded tomato slices as the pan can accommodate without them touching. Fry for approximately 2 minutes per side, or until browned and crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Add more oil if necessary for subsequent batches.

To assemble, line up 12 fried tomato slices. Season with salt and pepper, then top each with 1 cheese slice, a mound of bacon shrapnel and 2 arugula leaves. Cover with a second fried tomato slice. Secure with a toothpick. Let cool for a minute before serving. (Tomatoes have a surprising ability to hold the heat.)