Forbidden Sandwich #9–Bacon, Spinach and Avocado with Roasted Tomato

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eggbaconsandLOIn order to satisfy my end of the 300 sandwiches challenge, I had to make sandwiches that E wanted to eat. This did not include spinach or avocado.

As part of our house rules, we established the forbidden foods list. You’ll notice to the right, a list of foods that E didn’t like, and therefore wouldn’t accept on a sandwich.

That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy those foods on my own sandwiches. It does however mean I’ll have to make two sandwiches if I do make something with the forbidden foods.

I know what you’re thinking—why could’t he make his own damn sandwich if he’s hungry and doesn’t want what you’re cooking?

Because that’s not how relationships work.

When I was in the mood for a BAST–a bacon, avocado, spinach and tomato sandwich—I made one. But E was hungry, too. And he had just mopped the floors and cleaned the bathrooms while I was out getting my nails done. I looked at him, and looked at my spotless floors. I remembered he’d made dinner every night last week. How many nights has he cooked fish for dinner because I preferred it over duck, his favorite? I also remembered he paid for my three jackets to be dry cleaned when he picked up the one shirt he needed tailored, even though my jackets cost three times as much as his shirt.

I couldn’t sit there and fry up bacon and assemble a sandwich without having a little something for him. So I fried up an egg for a BLT without the L– a BET, if you will. Then I made my sandwich, avocado and spinach included. We sat on the couch in our clean apartment together, enjoying our sandwiches, E so happy with his he didn’t even turn his nose up at the sight of spinach on my plate.

8 cherry tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
black pepper
kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 or 5 strips bacon
1/2 avocado
1 cup spinach
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
4 slices bread

First, tomatoes. Boil a quart or so of water in a pot on the stove. Have a bowl full of ice cold water nearby. Cut a shallow “x” in the tops of the tomatoes. Boil tomatoes for about 60 seconds. remove from water and place into the ice cold bowl of water. Peel off skins. Cut into quarters and place in oven safe dish with 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, parsley and salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for about half hour or until soft.

Assemble sandwiches: spread mustard on bread. Dress spinach in the rest of olive oil and layer on bread. Layer on avocado slices, then bacon. Top with slice of bread. Cut in half and serve.

If you want to make E’s version, just fry an egg, and stack the egg, bacon and roasted tomatoes on bread. Cut in half and serve. Enjoy. You won’t enjoy it as much as mine because mine is better, but whatevs. Do what you want.

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