Saturday, August 21, 2010

Eat a CLT!

Ok. The title of this post is childish and immature and totally unacceptable. But boy the sandwich is good!
I was perusing Readymade mag and they had some great recipes for the onslaught of tomatoes everyone should be experiencing- including this Variation on a BLT --- A CLT- Cheese, Lettuce, and Tomato that is very good. I never thought of cheese as a substitute for bacon, but it works!
* ½ c fresh blackberries
* 2-3 t chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
* ½ c mayonnaise
* 1 t whole grain mustard
* 1 lb halloumi* cheese, sliced into ¼-inch-thick pieces
* 8 slices sourdough bread, toasted
* 4 romaine lettuce leaves
* 2 large heirloom tomatoes, such as Beefsteak, Cherokee Purple, or Early Girl, sliced
* *Note: Halloumi is a cheese from Cyprus that won't turn to goo when you cook it. It's salty, tangy and pretty mellow in flavor. Find it at specialty food stores.

* Blender or food processor
* Large, heavy bottom skillet

In a food processor or blender, puree blackberries, chipotle pepper, mayo, and mustard until well combined.

Heat a large, heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat. Brown each side of the halloumi for about 20 seconds. Set aside.
Smear one side of each piece of bread with blackberry mayo. Assemble sandwich with cheese, lettuce, and tomato, doubling up the tomato layer if desired. (Do it!)

Variations: Sub blueberries in for blackberries and spinach for lettuce. OR Use bacon in place of the halloumi. (It's a little too salty with both.) Be sure to crisp it up nice and drain it on a paper towel first. OR Omit bread and stack together tomato, cheese, and lettuce. Thin out mayo with 1 tbsp buttermilk and drizzle over stack for a salad.

NOTE: I used Muenster as I couldn't find Halloumi. Muenster (American Muenster, not french) is also salty tangy and pretty mellow. I also used Bok Choy in place of lettuce or spinach as I didn't have either but had some Bok Choy!

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