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:

Frivolitea said...

Those sound delicious!!!

parTea lady said...

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.

Linda J. said...

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!

Susan said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

my cup of tea said...

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

Bernideen said...

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

Pinkness! said...

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

Ginger said...

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.

icitea said...

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