Last week I took a cooking class that was all about tomatoes. Tomato sauce, tomato tart, tomato salads, all night long. I couldn’t wait for this tomato-themed cooking class because I love tomatoes and I was especially excited because I planted 5 tomato plants back in June. Obviously I was going to be up to my ears in tomatoes by August, right? Um, wrong. For the third year in a row, my tomato plants are duds. Actually I can’t really blame the tomato plants….it’s probably my fault. Point of the story: by the time the cooking class came, my tomato plants had a grand total of 1 tomato on the branches. One! Not exactly the overflowing bounty I had imagined. (Side note: how awesome is that one lone tomato?! What a stud…defying the odds of the Ellingson garden!)
I fully plan on visiting the farmers market and picking up loads of fresh tomatoes to make all of the amazing recipes that we learned in class but until then, I stuck with making this extra special version of a BLT that we learned. Partly because it only called for one tomato but mostly because it was absolutely delicious.
This version requires a couple more ingredients than a traditional BLT but is still ridiculously simple. The twist is the addition of a cream cheese mixture made of 3 simple ingredients: cream cheese, basil, and green onions. Slather your pieces of bread with a thick smear of the stuff, then top with your bacon and tomato and you’re set. Seriously the cream cheese mixture takes the simple BLT to a whole new level.
While I didn’t put lettuce on my BLT you definitely can if you just can’t imagine a BLT without the L. And while we ended up eating our BLT’s with roasted veggies to use up some of our CSA bounty, I would highly suggest serving them with fresh sweet corn (slathered in butter and salt, of course) to make the most perfect summer meal.
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