|I didn't say it wasn't messy.|
So the other day, I came home to a box from Foodbuzz. Inside was some Pace Picante Sauce, thanks to Foodbuzz's Tastemakers program. I'll be honest, I don't usually buy salsa at the grocery. I prefer mine chunky and fresh. But Pace is different. It reminds me of being at a Mexican restaurant. The salsa is usually thin and packs some heat.
I pondered what I would make with the sauce. Should I stick with a Mexican theme since it made me nostalgic? Or should I go a different route? If you know me, I don't like to go with the obvious, so of course, I had to do something out of the box. And so ties in my love for sandwiches. BLT's in particular.
Adapted from Mommy Cooks!'s recipe
Fresh baked bread, sliced
pinch of cumin powder
pinch of chipotle chili powder
8 slices of thick-cut bacon
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Pace Picante Sauce
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, sliced
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Place bacon a rack over a baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 15-20 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
Brush the olive oil over the top of the pieces of bread. Sprinkle cumin and chipotle chili powder over top of bread slices.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Pace Picante sauce, and the chopped poblano pepper.
Spread the mixture over the top of your bread slices.
Top bread slices with pepper jack cheese (you can do one slice if you want, but I like the cheese coming at me from both ends!)
Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and bake for about 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is nice and melted. You could always broil it also if you want the cheese to brown and crunch up a bit.
My bacon slices were pretty long so I just snapped them in half. Place about 4-6 pieces of bacon (and of course, you could get buck wild and go with more if you're so inclined) on top of one slice of bread. Top with a tomato slice and finally some romaine lettuce. Close sandwich with another slice of bread.
This was one hell of a BLT. It comes mighty close to beating my ultimate favorite BLATE (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato, Egg - of the poached variety, of course). I loved the salsa/mayo mixture, which is odd because I usually stray away from mayo at all costs. This was new to me, this was fresh, and it was a different way to use up some Pace Picante! Definitely give it a go if you're in the mood for a delicious BLT!
* The Pace Picante Sauce was provided to me by Foodbuzz's Tastemakers program and no additional compensation was given. The opinions of this post are strictly my own.
* This post was also entered to take part in Foodbuzz & Denny's BACONALIA challenge for a chance to win.