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Fast & Easy Dinner: BLTs with Avocado and Spicy Mayo

Fast & Easy Dinner: BLTs with Avocado and Spicy Mayo

I love making a classic sandwich — in this case, the BLT — more exciting. I almost always add avocado to my BLTs and I jazz up the mayonnaise with herbs or spices. For this kicked up BLT, the mayo is mixed with garlic, fresh lime juice, and chili powder. The recipe has you cook the bacon on the stove, but for a mess-free variation, bake it in the oven on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper for 15 minutes at 375°F. To make this filling and comforting sandwich tonight, get the recipe,

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BLTs with Avocado and Spicy Mayo
From Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine

1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
One 12-ounce package center-cut bacon
8 slices of hearty, white farmhouse bread
1 large or 2 small ripe Hass avocados
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
8 lettuce leaves, torn into pieces
8 dill pickle spears

  1. Chop the crushed garlic with the salt and press it with the side of the knife until mashed.
  2. Scrape the garlic into a small bowl and stir in the chili powder, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and the mayonnaise.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the bacon in 2 batches until crisp. Pour off the fat between each batch. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
  4. While the bacon cooks, toast the bread. Slice the avocado and sprinkle the slices with a few drops of the lime juice.
  5. Spread 1 side of each piece of toast with the spicy mayo. Arrange the avocado slices on 4 of the toasts, pressing them firmly against the mayo. Arrange the bacon, tomatoes and lettuce on the avocado slices. Top the sandwiches with the remaining toast. Cut the sandwiches in half on the diagonal and serve with the dill pickle spears.

Serves 4.

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ESTONE ESTONE 8 years
Looks good, I like spicing normal condiments up to make something exciting.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Another printer for me - I'm not a mayo girl either but this would do me good. Keep the pit in the avocado, it helps stop the browning. Not much, but it does help.
bethb216 bethb216 8 years
Yeah, OK. I'm on my way to piggly wiggly right now... That looks fabulous. The perfect side dish- sliced tomatoes with a slice of Irish white cheddar and balsamic vinaigrette! See y'all in about 15 minutes :)
lynda-LNKitchen lynda-LNKitchen 8 years
i love a good BLAT. i recommend smashing the avocado up with a fork, right in the half-shell (with a little citrus if you like), and then smearing on the bread. avocado slices always fall out.
MonaNomura MonaNomura 8 years
i just make guacamole with left over avo and eat it the next day.. (i think lemon or lime juice helps it from browning)
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
I've never seen a sandwich that looked so delicious.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
that's making my mouth water...the husband won't eat avo, he doesn't know what he's missing. :)
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
Mmmm, I missed lunch today and this looks tasty!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No spice please...
iamvictorious iamvictorious 8 years
I love BLTs! Will try it this weekend.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
I haven't tried yet but it has me mouthwatering!
emalove emalove 8 years
Yes, please! Avocados are my favorite!
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
I so made this on a drunken night with my cousins so so good!!!
Babychloe Babychloe 8 years
I could eat this for lunch right now.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
lickety split: I've made blended mayonnaises and dressings and used them within the following days. After three though I'm not so sure. As for the browning of avocado, there really isn't much you can do the next day except cut off the brown part.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
sounds very good. Something I will try!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
not to sound lazy (lol) but can any of these sauces be made and used over say 3 days? or does that make them, you know "funky". also, after cutting an avocado how do you keep it from turning brown? i always end up cutting a chunk off of it the second day.
will205 will205 8 years
yum - and i don't even eat bacon!
stina829 stina829 8 years
Ok, that makes me hungry!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Ina Garten's Californian BLT sandwich is almost the same.
angelina8023 angelina8023 8 years
This looks really good,, but I can't stand mayo! So I probably wont be making this anytime soon:(
desertbanshee desertbanshee 8 years
Interesting twist on the mayo; sounds like a winner
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Yum!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
this sandwich makes my mouth water it looks so good
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