I have this crazy love affair with asiago bread ever since Panera Bread began marketing it years and years ago. I have not been able to locate a good recipe to bake it at home, so if you happen to know of one, PLEASE share it with me!
Since our little acreage is way out in no-man’s land we don’t have a Panera Bread nearby . . . BUT, you’ll never believe the company that now bakes a fairly decent asiago bread? None other than Wal-Mart. Who would have thought? But yes, even hubby says its not too bad! This bread flies off the shelves due to those asiago lovers like me who don’t want to drive 60 miles to the closest Panera.
With the lazy days of summer upon us, nothing beats simplicity! Sweet, simple living in the summertime! What says simple summer livin’ more than a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich? So with that dreamy thought in mind, I decided to make some “BLT’s” because the tomatoes are ripening in the garden at the speed of lightening with this warm summer. I didn’t do anything different to this traditional sandwich other than usual.
(Click on ‘read more’ below for more about this sandwich)
You know the routine: cook (thick) slices of bacon and blot off the bacon fat with a paper towel, slice up some summer-ripe red tomatoes, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, add layers of lettuce, and slather on big dollops of mayonnaise on some toasted bread (but in this case, replace regular bread with asiago bread). That’s it! You can’t get this flavor combination at any other time of the year, so enjoy the bounty while it’s here! It’s a different twist to an old-y, but good-y, and that’s one of the pluses of cooking . . . coming up with fresh, new ideas on old-takes.
This cheesy bread really gives your summer classic tomato sandwich a nice hint of Italian flavor. Plus it is really, really flavorful.
I also took a close-up shot of these pretty napkin rings that I picked up from Pier 1 Imports. I love the colors of turquoise and sea green in the summertime to give a sense of ‘coolness’ to this hot environment that we have in the Carolina’s. I think they’re just lovely! The malanine plastic turquoise dishes are from Macy’s. And the sea green fork and napkin are old standby’s of my kitchen and I can’t remember where I got them!