deconstructed BLT and eggs

sniff sniff… I’m sick and not at all amused 😦

Tomorrow is the start of a three-day weekend here because Monday is German Unity Day (meant to celebrate the fact that we live in Germany and not East or West Germany) and what better way to celebrate German unity than by driving to Switzerland for a little hiking. No? Well, it may not be very patriotic but that is the current plan and I really hope that I wake up tomorrow miraculously cured. In the meantime you will hopefully forgive me if I am a little less coherent than usual.

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was Deconstructed BLT & Eggs, which is basically a salad made with all the classic BLT ingredients. And eggs. Now, I LOVE a good BLT, especially a BLTA with a little avocado thrown into the mix. Yummy! Never had a BLTE with an egg, but I guess that’s what makes it a bit French since the europeans seem far more inclined to see eggs as a typical sandwich ingredient than americans. Well, except for egg salad, but let’s move on. Because really if you think about it, making a salad out of all those ingredients is hardly a stretch.

To start with I fried up some bacon and toasted croutons. And may I just take a moment here to say that Dorie’s croutons toasted in bacon grease were freakin amazing and I will probably never make them again! At one point I had to physically hide them from myself so that I would not eat them all before the rest of the salad was ready. Way too dangerous! But once again, moving on.

The rest of the salad came together fairly quickly and made a very substantial lunch in and of itself. As with my preferred sandwich toppings, I think a little avocado would have fit in here nicely. And yet…

There is no denying that this salad was very tasty, but I think I prefer my BLTs to be constructed. And since I doubt that the salad version saved me any calories, I will likely eat my BLTs in sandwich form in the future.

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18 Responses to deconstructed BLT and eggs

  1. Yes those croutons were wonderful! I was a huge fan of this salad, but then again, I don’t like the sandwich version much!

  2. Eileen says:

    My sentiments exactly! All this salad did was make me want a REAL BLT today. I’m also a fan of adding avocado to my sandwich. Great minds think alike.

  3. I’m trying to decided if I would be more likely to go with a sandwich or the salad in the future. I hope you’re feeling better for you trip!

  4. I’m glad you tried the salad even though you’re not feeling well. I think skiing in Switzerland is the perfect holiday activity!

  5. Alice says:

    Now I wish I had the bread to have made the croutons! …. OH boy, I feel like I missed out on something amazing! I think I have to agree with you on the sandwich, I would much rather have the BLT sandwich than salad, but I liked the addition of the avocados in ours it made it all taste pretty delicious!

  6. Elin says:

    Looking at yours make me drool. I could not make this in time for FFWD as I was away the last few days 😦 but will definitely make this ! Dorie never fails to give a good recipe 🙂

  7. Teresa says:

    The croutons really were good. I added a little seasoning to mine and I could have eaten them all on their own. I’m glad I exercised some restraint, though. This salad is really good.

  8. I agree, the croutons really were good. Also think avocado would have fit in nicely.

  9. Mary says:

    I am glad you are a fellow bacon fat crouton addict :). It makes me feel better.

  10. Hope you are feeling better. I also like my BLT’s constructed. I loved the salad as a salad and not as a substitute for BLT.

    Happy French Friday!

  11. SoupAddict says:

    I think avocado would be awesome! Funny, in contrast to most folks, I didn’t really miss the sandwich form at all. I think it was the dressing. 😉

  12. Betsy says:

    I really liked this! Especially those amazing croutons. I had to hold myself back while I put the rest of the salad together.
    I hope you wake up tomorrow miraculously cured so you can fully enjoy hiking in Switzerland. That sounds like fun.

  13. Elaine says:

    The croutons sound wonderful and your salad looks so pretty! I didn’t make this, but I do love BLTs. I hope you are better enough to go hiking tomorrow in Switzerland! That would just be the coolest weekend in my book. 🙂

  14. Cakelaw says:

    LOL – glad you liked the croutons, even if the rest of the salad didn’t take your fancy. I hope that you feel better soon.

  15. Cher says:

    Those were dangerous croutons. I think I am in love with them – and I don’t usually like croutons. The avocado would have been over the top – and I think is necessary if I make this again.
    Hope you are feeling better! I just spent a week in Nevada – and was sick the whole time (still am) – that is no fun…

  16. If you ask me the first photo looks like the deconstructed salad. lol. And what doesn’t go better with avocado?

  17. Kathy says:

    I love that you added avocado to the mix. Your salad looks delicious! I used turkey bacon and since there is not a lot of fat in turkey bacon…I added a touch of olive oil to fry my croutons. I found them to be delicious and hopefully a bit healthier than croutons fried in bacon grease! Hope your feeling well enough to go on your hike in Switzerland! Enjoy!

  18. Tasty Mayhem says:

    Be decadent and toast your next BLT bread slices in the bacon drippings. 🙂

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