Yup, it's all here and the process couldn't be simpler. I guess I was just tired of the plain ol' and with a bit of inspiration and imagination, this was my lunch for today! Honestly, it's so simple you don't even need a recipe. It's only four simple steps.
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Okay, now onto the steps.
Step 1- Chpotle Mayo
This couldn't be simpler. Get some chipotle in adobo - they come in a small can and cost no more than a dollar. Chipotle is a smoked jalepeno. I like it because the heat is milder and the smokey taste comes out. Just take one or two of the chipotles and mince them. The adobo sauce is good - so spoon a bit into about a half cup of your favorite mayo (my favorite is whatever is on sale that week). Mix together and give the flavored mayo a pinch of salt and pepper. Keep it cold in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
Step 2 - Honey Glazed Bacon
It's simple - really, it is. Lay strips of bacon on a sheet tray and put them in a pre-heated oven set at 425 degrees. Keep an eye out for the bacon. When it has about 5 minutes left to cook glaze with honey. To loosen the honey heat it through in a small sauce pan on medium heat or in a bowl in the microwave just until it's loose enough to brush on the bacon. Brush the honey on the bacon for a nice glaze and put it back in the oven to finish cooking.
Step 3 - Cajun Fried Green Tomatoes
Slice a green tomato. I like mine a bit on the thin side, but it's your preference. Season liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and your favorite cajun seasoning. Coat in a mixture of cornmeal and cornstarch and pan fry on both sides until golden brown.
Step 4 - Toasted Ciabatta Rolls
Split the rolls in half and spread butter evenly on both pieces of bread. Toast in a pan on top of the stove over medium high heat until nice and golden. The method is the same as you'd do a grilled cheese sandwich - just with no cheese. Only grill the cut side.
Just assemble the sandwich. I spread the chipotle mayo on both pieces of the toasted ciabatta roll. I put a slice of muenster cheese on the bottom half, a few slices of honey glazed bacon, two slices of fried green tomatoes, a leaf or two of Boston butter leaf lettuce, and the top half of the roll that also gets a layer of chipotle mayo. Eat..and enjoy. This makes for one great sandwich.
I hope you try this out - you'll love the flavor combinations!
PS - enjoy the pics below!
Melting the honey for the glaze - I love that brush.
Getting ready to glaze the bacon.
Frying the tomatoes
The ciabatta rolls...freshly sliced.
Plain mayo, meet chipotle. Chipotle, meet plain mayo.
They met - lol...and they mix well.
A really great pic of the lettuce - enlarge this one!
The finished sandwich