Everything But The Bagel BLT

It’s no secret that BLT’s are one of my favorite sandwiches. I really love adding avocado and pickled onions to my sandwich too. I recently saw Katie Lee from Food Network make this sandwich and all the credit for the bacon goes to her.

Ingredients:

Bacon (do not buy thick slice) pork, turkey or chicken bacon works

Ketchup

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning*

Bread, toast it if desired

Mayonnaise

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Pickled onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a pan with foil if you want easy cleanup. Place a baking rack in your baking pan, I used a cooling rack (like what I cool cookies on). Lay bacon on the rack. Lightly brush bacon with ketchup (this makes the seasoning stick and it adds a tomato flavor to the bacon). Sprinkle Everything But The Bagel Seasoning on the bacon. My jar had a shaker top but I applied the seasoning using my fingers so I would not waste it. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. I like my bacon crispy do I baked mine 20 minutes. Thick bacon takes a long time to crisp up in the oven so that is why I suggested to use regular sliced bacon. Let rest 5 minutes and assemble your delicious sandwich. Enjoy!

*Everything But The Bagel Seasoning can be purchased at Trader Joe’s, Amazon and my grocery store also sells it.

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Southern Tomato Pie Italian Style

My Tomato Pie started out as a typical Southern Tomato Pie with a twist. I am not a fan of pie crust so my daughter in love, Danielle suggested I use biscuits. Great! Even more southern. However when I start creating with tomatoes and cheese, somehow basil jumped in the pie. Than I felt like I needed to add caramelized onions and that’s when this southern pie, went Italian. A match made in heaven.

Form a pie crust with raw biscuit halves.

Ingredients:

1can of butter flakey biscuits in the can, separate each biscuit in half

3-4 jumbo tomatoes, really big tomatoes, sliced

1 teaspoon of salt

Enough basil leaves to cover tomatoes

1 small onion, sliced, separate rings and cut in half

2 Tablespoons butter

1 Tablespoon of Olive oil

2 a Tablespoons of granulated sugar

Parmesan cheese shreds, about a cup to cover tomato layer

1 cup mayonnaise

2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Bake about 8 minutes and mash biscuits down to create room to fill pie crust.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a deep dish pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place biscuits that you have separated in half in pie pan to form a pie crust on the bottom of pie pan and the sides of the pie pan. Bake about 8 minutes. Your biscuit crust will come out puffy. Use a Tablespoon to smash the biscuits down on the bottom and sides of pan. This will create room to fill your pie crust.

Blot tomatoes to remove excess liquid.

First layer.

Second layer.

The beginning of sweetness.

Perfection!

Looking tasty!

First layer topped with Parmesan shreds.

Place sliced tomatoes in a colander. Line the bottom and sides keeping tomatoes separate. Sprinkle with salt and let them drain the liquid a minimum of an hour. This can be done ahead and the night before if you prefer. After an hour place tomatoes on paper towels and blot excess liquid from tomatoes. This is important so your crust is not soggy.

To caramelize the onions, melt butter and olive oil in a skillet. Add onion slices and once onions start getting translucent, add 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Cook on low heat and watch them, the onions go from sweet caramelization to burned quickly. Set aside.

Place a layer of tomatoes on the bottom of the pie crust.

Add basil leaves to cover the tomatoes. Next add the caramelized onions and top with Parmesan shreds.

Top Parmesan shreds with the next layer of tomatoes.

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise and 2 cups of grated Mozzerella cheese. Spread over the top of the tomatoes and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Let set 10 minutes and serve warm. Enjoy!

Nothing puts a smile on my face seeing my girl loving my food. ❤️
One sweet baby face.