One of America’s Favorites – BLT

January 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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BLT sandwich on toast

A BLT is a type of sandwich, named for the initials of its primary ingredients, bacon, lettuce and tomato. It can be made with varying recipes according to personal preference. Simple variants include using different types of lettuce, toasting or not, or adding mayonnaise. More pronounced variants can include using turkey bacon or tofu in place of bacon, or removing the lettuce entirely.

Variations on the BLT date to the early 1900s, but it did not achieve widespread popularity until after World War II, when the ingredients became more readily available year-round. Referencing the sandwich by its initials rather than naming the ingredients in full did not become common until the 1970s. Until 2019 the BLT has been ranked as the second most popular sandwich in the US and as the UK’s favourite sandwich, and is frequently referenced or depicted in media and culture. In 2019 the BLT dropped rank and was voted the sixth most popular sandwich in the US, with grilled cheese taking the lead as the most popular sandwich in the US.

 

Although the ingredients of the BLT have existed for many years, there is little evidence of BLT sandwich recipes prior to 1900. The 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe by a Dr. Evan Mee for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread. While the 1929 book Seven Hundred Sandwiches does include a section on bacon sandwiches, the recipes often include pickles and none contain tomato.

A BLT sandwich preparation

The BLT became popular after World War II because of the rapid expansion of supermarkets, which allowed ingredients to be available year-round. The initials, representing “bacon, lettuce, tomato”, likely began in the U.S. restaurant industry as shorthand for the sandwich, but it is unclear when this transferred to the public consciousness. For example, a 1951 edition of the Saturday Evening Post makes reference to the sandwich, although it does not use its initials, describing a scene in which: “On the tray, invariably, are a bowl of soup, a toasted sandwich of bacon, lettuce and tomato, and a chocolate milk shake.”

A 1954 issue of Modern Hospital contains a meal suggestion that includes: “Bean Soup, Toasted Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich, Pickles, Jellied Banana Salad, Cream Dressing, and Pound Cake.” By 1958, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise advertised their product as “traditional on bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches,” suggesting that the combination had been around for some time. However, there are several references to a “B.L.T” in the early 1970s, including in one review of Bruce Jay Friedman’s play entitled Steambath titled: “A B.L.T. for God – hold the mayo.”. The abbreviation used in title references a line of dialogue in the play in which God yells, “Send up a bacon and lettuce and tomato sandwich, hold the mayo. You burn the toast, I’ll smite you down with my terrible swift sword.” The coexistence of the shortened version and the full name suggests this was a period of transition as the abbreviation was popularized.

 

While there are variations on the BLT, the essential ingredients are bacon, tomatoes and lettuce between two slices of bread, often toasted. The quantity and quality of the ingredients are matters of personal preference. The bacon can be well cooked or tender, but as it “carries” the other flavors, chefs recommend using higher quality meat; in particular, chef Edward Lee states “Your general supermarket bacon is not going to cut the mustard.”

Iceberg lettuce is a common choice because it does not add too much flavor while adding crunch. Food writer Ed Levine has suggested that BLT does not require lettuce at all, as it is “superfluous”, a suggestion that Jon Bonné, lifestyle editor at MSNBC, described as “shocking”. Michele Anna Jordan, author of The BLT Cookbook, believes the tomato is the key ingredient and recommends the use of the beefsteak tomato as it has more flesh and fewer seeds. Similarly, chef and food writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt believes that a BLT is not a well-dressed bacon sandwich; it’s a tomato sandwich, seasoned with bacon. For that reason, he argues that the BLT is a seasonal sandwich since it best made with high-quality summer tomatoes.

The sandwich is sometimes served with dressings, like mayonnaise. The bread can be of any variety, white or wholemeal, toasted or not, depending on personal preference.

 

BLT with avocado

The sandwich has a high sodium and fat content, and has been specifically targeted by UK café chains in an effort to reduce salt and fat. Due to this, low-fat mayonnaise is a common substitute along with low salt bread and less fatty bacon. A more visible solution is to use turkey bacon in lieu of normal bacon. One of the variations on the BLT is the club sandwich, a two-layered sandwich in which one layer is a BLT. The other layer can be almost any sort of sliced meat, normally chicken or turkey.

The BLT has been deconstructed into a number of forms; for example, Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock created a BLT salad in The Gift of Southern Cooking by cutting the ingredients into 1 inch pieces and tossing in mayonnaise. This variation was described by The New York Times writer Julia Reed as “even more perfect than a BLT”.

Vegans and vegetarians may replace bacon with tempeh or tofu as meat analogue instead. Alternatively they can use mock bacon.

 

 

Chicken Dinner Salad with Green Onion Dressing

November 29, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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I have another Diabetic Friendly Dish to pass along, Chicken Dinner Salad with Green Onion Dressing. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing to make the Dish are Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Green Onions, Worcestershire Sauce, Dry Mustard, Splenda, and more! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chicken Dinner Salad with Green Onion Dressing

Ingredients
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes to cook chicken.

4 cooked chicken breasts (3 ounces each), boneless, skinless
4 cups iceberg lettuce, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
4 small tomatoes (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) or 24 grape tomatoes
1 large cucumber (about 8 inches), sliced thinly
1 cup grated carrot
4 ounces green onions
1/4 cup canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 packets Splenda
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 dashes salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 breast on 1 1/2 cups salad

Dressing:

1 – Cut chicken into bite-size cubes and set aside. Place 1 cup torn iceberg lettuce on each of four salad plates. Quarter each tomato and place quarters around each plate, or place 6 grape tomatoes on each plate. Distribute cucumber slices evenly between tomato slices on each plate. Top with grated carrots (1/4 cup per plate) and chicken.

2 – Trim the roots and 2 inches from the tops of the green onions. In a blender or food processor, combine all dressing ingredients and blend thoroughly until well mixed. Pour approximately 1/4 cup dressing over each salad. Top with cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 255 calories, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Protein: 18 g, Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 56 mg, Sodium: 411 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/chicken-dinner-salad-with-green-onion-dressing/

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Wedge Salad

October 31, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, salad | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for a Classic Salad, Wedge Salad. To make the Wedge Salad you’ll be needing Iceberg Lettuce, Bacon, Dried Sweet Red Onion, Tomatoes, and Balsamic Reduction Syrup. Also included is a recipe for the Blue Cheese Dressing. I love a good fresh Salad! This recipe is also from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Wedge Salad
One of life’s simple dining pleasures is this refreshing salad made with a wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce sumptuously topped with creamy, homemade blue cheese dressing, crisp pieces of bacon, diced red onion, juicy, ripe tomato and a drizzle of balsamic reduction syrup.

Recipe Ingredients:
Salad:
1 head of iceberg lettuce, washed, drained and well chilled
Crisp bacon, cut in 1-inch pieces
Diced sweet red onion
Tomato, diced, or halved cherry tomatoes
Balsamic reduction syrup (optional)

Blue Cheese Dressing:
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley (1/2 teaspoon dried parsley)
1 teaspoon steak sauce Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely minced to a paste* or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Salad: Several hours before serving, core the iceberg lettuce by slamming the whole head of lettuce, core-side down on the kitchen counter top, then twist out the core. Remove any outer leaves that are undesirable and wash thoroughly, inside and out, with running water. Shake out as much water as possible over the sink and then drain thoroughly on paper towels. Once the lettuce is well-drained, refrigerate in a covered container or sealed plastic bag for several hours or overnight so that it can crisp up (this step is vital for the perfect wedge salad, so don’t skip it).
2 – For Blue Cheese Dressing: Combine all ingredients, except blue cheese, together in a medium mixing bowl, mixing well. Add crumbled blue cheese and stir vigorously to combine well, allowing some crumbles to remain for texture. Refrigerate for at minimum of 1 hour to allow flavors to marry. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
3 – To Serve: Cut the head of lettuce into 1 wedge per person and place each on a chilled serving plate. Drizzle blue cheese dressing over the wedge and sprinkle with the bacon pieces, diced red onion and diced tomatoes, or if using tomato wedges, place them around the lettuce. Lastly, lightly drizzle with balsamic reduction syrup.
4 – Serve immediately.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/salad/wedge_salad_recipe.html

Guacamole Turkey Burger with Sour Cream Aioli

June 19, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have another Jennie – O Recipe to pass along, Guacamole Turkey Burger with Sour Cream Aioli. To make this one you’ll be using Onion, Olive Oil, White Vinegar, JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, WHOLLY® Guacamole, Tomatoes, Iceberg Lettuce, Hamburger Buns, and Sour Cream Aioli (Recipe included) You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Guacamole Turkey Burger with Sour Cream Aioli
Turn that patty into a party with a guacamole infusion plus sour cream aioli! Award-winning Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis, writer and principal advisor of the consulting firm CulinaryNXT, delivers the unexpected with this turkey burger twist.

INGREDIENTS
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons white vinegar
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 (8-ounce) package WHOLLY® guacamole classic or spicy
2 tomatoes, cut into thick slices
salt and pepper, if desired
1 head Iceberg lettuce, cut into ¼-inch thick slices
6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
sour cream aioli (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS
1 – In large skillet over medium-high heat, cook onion in olive oil 5 minutes or until tender. Add vinegar and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Place in bowl; cover and chill.
2 – Prepare grill for high direct heat cooking. In bowl, combine ground turkey, chilled onions and guacamole; mix well. Divide mixture into 6 portions and shape into patties. Place on baking sheet and freeze 20 minutes.
3 – Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey burgers to hot skillet. Flip every 2-3 minutes for even cooking. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Season tomato slices with salt and pepper, if desired.
4 – Place lettuce on bun bottom. Top with burger, aioli, tomato and bun top.
5 – Sour cream aioli: In small bowl, combine ½ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sour cream and 1 clove minced garlic
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 320
Protein 23g
Carbohydrates 37g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 7g
Fat 11g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 750mg
Saturated Fat 4g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1306-guacamole-turkey-burger-with-sour-cream-aioli

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Shrimp Po’Boy

February 25, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a recipe for Shrimp Po’Boy. Made using French Bread Loaf, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Shrimp. Also included is a recipe for a Cajun Remoulade. Dinner is served Cajun Style! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Shrimp Po’Boy
You’ll love this classic New Orleans-style Shrimp Po’boy, served on a French roll with spicy Cajun remoulade!

Ingredients
Preparation time:
20 minutes
1 loaf French bread, about 24 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
8 ounces cooked shrimp, chilled

Cajun remoulade:
4 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon Creole or Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 hard-boiled egg, diced
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt-free Creole seasoning

Directions Yield:
4 large sandwiches
Serving size: 1 sandwich

* Cut French bread crosswise into four pieces, each about 6 inches long, and split open each section. Prepare Cajun remoulade by mixing mayonnaise, mustard, relish, egg, onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and Creole seasoning together in small mixing bowl. Chill remoulade while assembling sandwich. Place French bread sections on baking sheet and toast in a 375°F oven for 5 minutes. Bread should be crispy, but not browned. Remove from oven and fill each sandwich with 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, 1/4 of the tomato slices, 2 ounces (approximately 1/3 cup) shrimp, and 3 tablespoons Cajun remoulade. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 372 calories, Carbohydrates: 56 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 899 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/shrimp-poboy/

 

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 6, 2016 at 5:56 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 4 Comments
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To make iceberg lettuce lasts as long as possible, you should remove the innermost core before you store it. An easy way to do this is to hit the lettuce against a hard surface and then twist the core out.

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