Sweet and Savory Candied Tomato BLT Recipe

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Today I was using my StumbleUpon app on my computer, and I came to a website on 100 ways to cook different types of food. I went to the tomato list, because I am a huge tomato fan. I'll eat a tomato any way you prepare it. The only time I won't eat one is when it isn't right. Looking over a few different recipes I really liked, and looking at the ingredients I had on hand, I decided to concoct a recipe of my own. What I came up with was a huge success! Even my picky eater boyfriend was asking me to make it again.

This is called the "Sweet and Savory BLT" because the tomatoes are candied. Because the tomatoes are cooked in the oven for 20 minutes, the texture of this BLT is a little different, but it's just as good! I adore sweet and salty flavors and thought that mixing the smoky, salty flavor of bacon with a candied tomato would be perfect; I was right. When cooked in the oven the flavor of the tomato intensifies and when the sugar mixture is added to tomato it gives the tomato a flavor slightly reminiscent of figs. This recipe doesn't have the normal "fresh" taste a BLT usually has, but it's a really great twist on an old classic.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, or more if you want more on your sandwich
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 or 4 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • cooking spray

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves two people

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice your tomatoes 1/4" thick and arrange them on a baking sheet coated with a layer of cooking spray.
  3. Mix together the butter, sugar and honey in a bowl, then dollop of the mixture on each tomato and spread it over the top of the tomato. Sprinkle the tomatoes generously with sugar
  4. Pop the tomatoes in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. While the tomatoes are in the oven start frying the bacon. Cook on either side until golden brown (or however you like your bacon cooked!). Place the bacon on a paper towel to drain.
  6. In the last five minutes of cooking, turn the broiler on in the oven to give the tomatoes a little crisp on top. The texture of the tomatoes should be extremely soft and mushy, that's why I like to add the crisp from the broiler.
  7. Toast the bread if you'd like to, swipe the mayonnaise on your bread put the lettuce, bacon and tomatoes on top and put the top piece of bread on top. Now take a bite and enjoy!
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