Is My Blog Burning? Tartine with Bacon, Avocado, and Mâche

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For my entry in the second installment of Is My Blog Burning?, I adapted a recipe from Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book for a bacon, avocado, and watercress sandwich.

The challenge, as presented by Clotilde, was to create a tartine, which she defined as an open-faced sandwich topped with a spreadable ingredient and artfully-arranged toppings. To meet these guidelines, I altered Ms. Silverton's recipe, which calls for layering slices of avocado on top of bacon and watercress. Instead, I crushed the avocado with a fork, blending it with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, to make a spreadable base in which to embed the rest of the toppings. But, I am jumping ahead.

First, I took a slice of round country bread, spread both sides lightly with butter, and grilled it. When the bread was grilled to a light golden brown, I removed it from the panini press and rubbed the top with a raw clove of garlic. Then, I spread a generous layer of the avocado mixture across the bread and topped it with two slices of crisp bacon. Between the bacon strips, I carefully inserted tender, baby leaves of mâche (which I substituted for the watercress because they looked so much better and fresher at the store). You may not be able to tell from the picture, but I think this made for an aesthetically-arranged sandwich, with the bacon, lettuce, and avocado forming their own defined zones of color and texture. But, more importantly, the tartine was delicious!

Thanks to Clotilde for launching this international tartine-a-thon!


 





Comments

YUM! That looks so good! Avocado and bacon - my two favorite foods. :-)

 

it's beautiful! and like elise... avocado and bacon are definitely among my favorite foods : )

 

ooh! bacon!! it looks so good.... yummy.

very very hard to find good bacon on this island lah! sigh. ah well. hoping to 'smuggle' some back home from singapore this weekend.

 

That sounds delicious! I was also interested to see you using mâche. Whenever family and friends from the US have it here in France they ask me what it's called (according to my dictionary "lamb's ear lettuce"). I guess the Midwest is just behind the times in stocking this wonderful lettuce. It's my favourite!

 

Thank you, Elise and Renee.

Wena, hope you find that bacon! I haven't made bacon for a long time, so this was a good excuse.

Meg, the mâche was excellent, if a little expensive. The leaves were packaged as seedlings embedded in some sort of growing medium. Very fresh. You don't see it all over. I bought it Agata and Valentina, a gourmet store in New York.

 

Mmmm, Looks really good

 

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