I love a good weekend. Family time. Funtivities. Baking. Making a royal mess in my kitchen. Not cleaning up the royal mess for a nearly unacceptable amount of time.
Speaking of royal, and this is totally an aside, but is anyone else counting down the days until William and Kate's wedding? I am. But only because I'm so darn tired of everyone in America over-hyping every detail and acting like they're invited to the wedding. And I just don't get it. Sure, Kate's going to up the royal family's attractiveness rating quite a bit. Sure, it's like a modern day fairy tale. But I just don't get the reason for the average person's obsession with them, unless you're living in England and your life will actually maybe possibly be affected by the nuptials.
Sorry! Sometimes I rant.
Moving on. Last weekend while I was making a glorious mess in my kitchen, I decided to revamp the classic BLT.
First I blended up mayo, roasted red peppers, onion and a bit of seasoning.
It made this lovely colored spread. Yummy.
Then I lightly buttered sliced bread.
And flipped them over and gave 'em a good shmear of the roasted red pepper spread.
And topped that with watercress. And cheese.
Cheese is good. Especially when BLT-esque sandwiches are involved.
You can use whatever kind of cheese your heart desires.
Then I added on some cooked turkey bacon.
And placed it all on my panini grill.
I love my panini maker. I should use it more often.
The roasted red pepper spread and the watercress give the sandwich a lovely freshness. I'll take it over a cold watery tomato slice any day.
Sandwiches are an important staple in my life - here's hoping this one becomes one of yours!
1 roasted red pepper (from the jar or freshly made)
1/3 c. mayo
1/4 of a purple onion, chopped
juice of a lemon
salt and pepper
4 slices of cheese (I used muenster)
12 slices of bacon
8 slices of bread
2 tbsp. butter
In a food processor or blender, combine roasted red pepper, mayo, onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend together until somewhat creamy.
Preheat a skillet or panini grill.
Butter one side of each piece of bread. Flip the slices over and spread the roasted red pepper mayo liberally on top of half of the slices. Top with watercress, then cheese and finally bacon. Place another slice of bread on top, with the buttered-side exposed.
Place sandwich on the preheated skillet or panini grill and cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Serve immediately.