6/8/08

BLAT! (no, it's not a cat coughing up a fur ball)

Okay, just follow along for a second. This thought occurred to me while I was frying bacon.

Why does bacon suffer from shrinkage in high heat, when guys suffer it from cold water, weather, ect? This is one of those, 'what is the meaning of life questions'. It's a conundrum.

The inspiration for this recipe came from Vicarious Foodie. I'm sure her recipe is much better than mine because she made her own dressing. I, for once, used a dressing you find in the refrigerated section. You have to say that last sentence in a tv commercial voice, what the hell, lets do the rest of this post in an announcer's voice.

Introducing ECM's Blat Salad... I guess I should tell you that BLAT stands for bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato. Kind of a play on BLT sandwich but it's not a sandwich, it's a salad, but kind of like a BLT because it has bread, lettuce, tomatoes... never mind.

1 pound of bacon, cut into one inch pieces and cooked over medium heat, so it doesn't suffer from George's shrinkage (I was in the pool! I was in the pool!). Cook until crispy, drain.

tomatoes, chopped into chunks, it's all about the chunks. ('cause sloth loves chunk)

avocado, chopped into chunks. mmm... chunky hunky avocados, you know what? I think I'm probably a avocado ho too.

lettuce, butter or boston or boobie, I just wanted to see if you were reading the recipe. just get good lettuce, okay?

homemade croutons:

day-old sourdough bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
olive oil
salt and pepper

optional ingredients:

parmesan cheese
garlic powder

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, drizzle bread cubes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until it looks like a nice crunchy crouton.

For salad dressing, I used Marie's blue cheese and bacon salad dressing. Yeah, so sue me. Reach through the computer screen and slap me around, I didn't make my own dressing. Flog me, beat me, I suck but that should have already been obvious to you because I am a potato and avocado ho.

Okay, mix it up and eat. I dare you to tell me it's not one of the best salads you have eaten. Triple Dog Dare Ya'.

13 comments:

noble pig said...

You have posed one of life's most intriguing questions...I'm going to ask the hubby now!

Cakespy said...

Boobies and huge croutons--you have absolutely won me over. :-) This salad look bitchin'!

Mayberry Magpie said...

Today I'm cooking the best sourthern comfort food ever -- green beans with bacon, chicken and noodles, corn on the cob, and mashed potatoes -- and your photo STILL made me want to abandon what I'm cooking for that salad.

Mmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm. Can't wait to make it.

Sandy said...

Mmm, yummy! I love homemade croutons too. They are the best (but I forget to make them!)

melissa said...

Now you're talkin' cause I am without a doubt an avocado ho. I think I'll go grab the last one I have right now...

me again said...
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me again said...

Hey, this is weird! Today I joined the bottled-dressing social club too. Maybe we can get shirts made up. Anyway, I didn't make cole slaw dressing from scratch. Even though I always do. BUT it's hot as hades here and I was in no mood to stand around for long in a non-air-conditioned kitchen. So I reached for a bottle of --gasp!-- store-brand bottled cole slaw dressing I bought on a whim ages ago. Not even the refrigerator section kind, the off-the-shelf kind. And not even a brand name. So sue me. I tore open a bag of preshredded cole slaw mix, dumped in a good pour of dressing, added celery seeds so I could claim "I made it.....", and tossed. Then refrigerated. And the bitch of it is ...... it was good. Lawdy. Who knew?
Lennie

White On Rice Couple said...

Maybe they shrunk because you cut them up small- too much surface area exposed to the heat for such small pieces. I'm just guessing on this one.
I really love the blat salad, looks so good!

Me! said...

Bacon shrinks because it is rendering off it's fat thereby reducing it's mass and sharing it's wonderful flavors with whatever else you decide to cook with it. Guys on the other hand... shrink because they are scared of their surroundings and are trying to hide. They have no wonderful things to share.

Grace said...

poor, poor george costanza. did he ever catch a break?

oh, and never be ashamed of your potato and avocado ho-dom. a source of pride, i say. :)

jennyonthespot said...

I'm salivating.

Vicarious Foodie said...

Glad to see you tried the BLAT! Yours looks like it came out really well!

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