Sandwiches became famous for their simplicity — after all the Earl of Sandwich was looking for an easy way to eat without stopping his card game — but they can be surprisingly tricky for us home chefs.
Inevitably my home sandwich dreams seem modest to begin with and then quickly spiral out of control. A craving for a nice pastrami sandwich turns into buying a whole loaf of rye bread when I only need 2 slices. If I want to make my own club sandwich (my favorite kind!) I end up either spending $9 on a whole pre-roasted chicken or taking the time to roast one myself. Often by the end of the day I have a sandwich, but it either cost me $20 to make or I just spent 5 hours on a side quest learning how to bake brioche buns.
So when it comes to a good summer sandwich, my goal is simplicity and turning on the stove as little as possible. This summer, I am all about the bacon guacamole sandwich.
It’s simple and delicious, and also by using avocado instead of any mayo or dressing it has a lot of healthy fats. (And some unhealthy fats, because c’mon.)
Bacon Guacamole Sandwich
Makes 2 sandwiches
1) Remove the skin and the pit from one avocado. Put it in a bowl and mash it up.
2) Chop up half of a small red onion and a few tablespoons of fresh cilantro. Mix them in with the avocado.
4) Add a couple of squirts of lemon juice and a very light sprinkle of salt.
3) If you like spicy (I do!) add some red pepper flakes.
If I’m making guacamole for dipping I usually go a bit more complicated, but this is just part of a bite so don’t sweat the small stuff.
5) Wrap 4-6 pieces of bacon in paper towel, put them on a plate, and throw the plate in the microwave for roughly 3 minutes.
Again, on its own I prepare bacon differently — crispy or die! — but for a sandwich you want it to be meaty and chewy.
6) Grab a delicious fresh ripe red tomato and cut it into slices. You’ll need 4-6 for two sandwiches.
7) Get some bread or a bun or whatever you have on hand. Lightly toast it.
8) Combine everything! Spread half of the guac on the bread, add tomato and bacon slices.
9) Eat the sandwich.
You made a sandwich in 15 minutes, you didn’t have to turn on your stove, and it’s super delicious. Summer is served!
Jessica, aka Liore, can usually be found griping about video games on her blog and podcast at Herding Cats, or on Twitter. She likes saying “flavor profile” and going light on the carbs, and dislikes measuring things. Jessica is currently obsessed with Korean cuisine.