TC Recipe: Brie, Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato (BBLT)

November 12 2007

By Thom Pastor
Suggested Pairing: 2006 next: Pinot Noir
Serves 1

BBLT (Brie, Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato)

Introduction

I consider this wine to be especially great when feeling casual. It’s a great for a picnic or when I’m in my favorite chair reading. That is why a sandwich is such a great pairing. This sandwich is a favorite snack of our cooks after a busy night at the King Estate Restaurant. We all have our slight variations, but the main idea remains the same throughout: Just as a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, a sandwich is only as good as it’s lowest quality ingredient. In other words, use the best ingredients available to you and it will be nothing short of brilliant.

- Thom Pastor

Ingredients

BBLT

  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinaigrette, recipe follows
  • 3-4 thick slices smoked bacon, cooked until crisp
  • 3-4 ounces brie, sliced, room temperature
  • 2 slices of your favorite artisan bread, toasted
  • Mayonnaise to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mixed Greens w/Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

BBLT

  1. Caramelize shallots and garlic in a sauté pan using extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Toss the greens with the vinaigrette, salt, and pepper until lightly coated.
  3. Assemble your sandwich and enjoy.

Mixed Greens w/Vinaigrette

  1. Whisk ingredients together, adjust seasoning if necessary.