BLFT (Bacon, Lettuce, Fried Tomato) Sandwiches


I’m convinced that they would fry anything in Japan. I’ve seen everything from fried egg salad (how do they keep it from falling apart!?) to fried fish paste shaped like a bamboo shoot. I don’t blame them. Usually frying makes things taste better. I would have to fry my fish paste too if there was any chance that I was going to eat it. They also dye it pink, maybe in an attempt to get children to partake? Who knows.

I wonder if Japanese people would find it odd that Americans fry Twinkies, Oreos and Snicker’s Bars. (I’ve never actually tried these things, but I hear you can buy them at every County Fair now!)

Well on the topic of frying, last night’s dinner was a fried tomato BLT or BLFT. It’s actually become one of our weeknight standbys, despite the fact that it’s lacking in the health department!

The key to this recipe is seasoning the tomato slices with salt, pepper and garlic powder before breading, and also using panko breadcrumbs (because they’re Japanese and we’re in Japan), and using the best bread (I think Gayle’s franchese would be best, but alas, we’re without it for a year more …)

2 franchese rolls, halved or 4 slices of bread
6 slices of bacon
2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices
2 large lettuce leaves
salt
pepper
garlic powder
Japanese panko breadcrumbs
1 egg
flour

  • Cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside. We like to retain the bacon grease for added flavor when frying the tomatoes. Add veggie oil to the pan until you have a depth of about 1/4 inch (about half the thickness of the tomatoes). Place on med-high heat.
  • Meanwhile, sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder on the tomato slices to taste. Dredge them in the flour, tapping off excess. Dip the floured tomatoes in the egg, coating both sides well. Then coat with breadcrumbs. Once oil is hot, fry tomatoes on both sides until golden brown– 3-5 minutes per side. Drain and let cool about 10 minutes.
  • While the tomatoes are frying, toast the bread. Assemble the sandwich in the suggested order: mayo, bacon, tomato, lettuce. Cut in half. Devour. My favorite accompaniment to to this meal is salt & vinegar potato chips (you might as well go all out, right?) πŸ™‚

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