Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tea Sandwich Saturday #5 - Bacon, Avocado and Tomato with Pesto on Pumpernickel

Wow, the name of this week's tea sandwich is almost as long as its recipe! I needed to use up some bacon that was left over from another dish, and I was in the mood for a heartier, meatier tea sandwich this week. I was inspired by a recipe I found here.

But I decided to make it easy on myself: I purchased basil pesto in a jar, a small tomato, a small avocado and a loaf of pumpernickel bread. I cut the bread into rectangles and spread them lightly with pesto, then added thin slices of the tomato and avocado, topped with a piece of crispy bacon. (My husband, by the way, cooked the bacon for me. I can prepare bacon just two ways -- "soggy" and "charred" are my specialties -- while his is always just perfect.)

So here's the thing: I *loved* the flavor of this sandwich. Boy, was it good, and I imagine it would be even better with fresh tomatoes from my own garden this summer. But it was definitely a meaty, salty little treat. My husband, after sampling and saying "mmm," told me "it's very assertive." Said he wouldn't pair this with white or green tea but rather a strong black tea, and I agree. He liked it enough to go make himself a bigger one after we polished off my "testers." I finally concluded I might or might not be comfortable serving this particular tea sandwich at a tea, and it would definitely depend on what other sandwiches I was offering. So this one goes in the "maybe" column as far as teatime is concerned, but for "anytime" eating it's definitely a yes!

10 comments:

  1. I really like pesto sauce and all your other ingredients, so this tea sandwich looks yummy to me.

    It would be a nice addition to the savories on a tea tray. Lots of times I've found that tea trays contain too many sweets and not enough savory offerings.

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  2. The Book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley has a recipe for an Avocado and Bacon Sandwich I intended to try for some time. The addition of pesto and tomato in your recipe sounds interesting. But, I totally avoid eating tomatoes that aren't garden-fresh.
    Thanks for the sandwich research and photos. I love this series!

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  3. What an attractive bacon and tomato sandwich ! great combination any time of the year !

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  4. Oh, this sounds delicious - I love all the ingredients, especially pumpernickel, avocado & bacon!
    Have a great weekend, Joanie

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  5. This sounds and looks really good! I think i will give it a try!
    ~Donna~

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  6. Angela: These look lovely! I am enjoying printing out your recipes for my folder!

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  7. I am planning a Valentine's Day tea with my girlfriends and here I was thinking of what kind of tea sandwiches to make - it was destiny that I found your delicious treats. Thanks for sharing and I am now following your lovely Blog. Elizabeth

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  8. This looks wonderful. Maybe you should get Alex to write a guest post on bacon cooking. LOL I suffer from the same problems as you or it shrinks up to practically nothing.

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  9. i love this series of recipes! Following you for these from now on. Sounds so delicious!!!

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