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BLT with a Twist


  • bacon fried crisp
  • slices of American cheddar or Swiss cheese
  • micro greens arugula leaves, spinach, or ¬†lettuce leaves
  • tomato slices
  • mayo aioli, or some type of sandwich spread (made some arugula mayo)
  • English Muffins split and toasted


  1. First, make or buy your English muffins. Have muffins, split, toasted and ready. Fried the bacon and set aside. To assemble this easy delicious sandwich, spread your mayo (or other spread) on the toasted muffin half. Top with some arugula leaves (or you could use a curly leaf lettuce). Top this with 3-4 slices of fried bacon. Add the slice of tomato, top with cheese and then put under the broiler until the cheese has melted and browned slightly.
  2. Have your knife and fork ready.
  3. English Muffins
  4. (adapted from recipe by Alton Brown)
  5. 1/2 c. non-fat powdered milk
  6. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1 Tbsp. shortening
  9. 1 c. hot water
  10. 1 (.25 oz.) pkg. active dry yeast
  11. 1/8 tsp. sugar
  12. 1/3 c. warm water
  13. 1 c. hot water
  14. 2 c. all purpose flour, sifted
  15. non-stick vegetable spray
  16. In a bowl combine the powdered milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, shortening, and hot water, stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Let cool. In a separate bowl combine the yeast and 1/8 teaspoon of sugar in 1/3 cup of warm water and rest until yeast has dissolved. Add this to the dry milk mixture. Add the sifted flour and beat thoroughly with wooden spoon. Cover the bowl and let it rest in a warm spot for 30 minutes.
  17. Preheat the griddle to 300 degrees F.
  18. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt to mixture and beat thoroughly. Place metal rings onto the griddle and coat lightly with vegetable spray. Using #20 ice cream scoop, place 2 scoops into each ring and cover with a pot lid or cookie sheet and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid and flip rings using tongs. Cover with the lid and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a cooling rack, remove rings and cool. Split with fork and serve.
  19. *Cook's Note: Small tuna cans with tops and bottoms removed work well for metal rings.
  20. To use, split and toast. Great with citrus butter or cream cheese and jam. Or, use for the above sandwich.
  21. *Pesto mayo-- when I grow basil in my herb garden and have tons of it, instead of making expensive pesto I put the basil in food processor with a little olive oil, freeze in ice cube trays and then when frozen put in plastic freezer bags/container. When you cook anything that needs a touch of basil, you have some right in the freezer that was picked fresh from your garden.