Aha – I got you! you’re wondering why a kosher blog is featuring a sandwich with the main ingredient as bacon! Well, Jack’s Gourmet has an awesome new-ish product on the market called facon, which is dry cured beef! I’m not sure how it compares to the real stuff, but I do know it’s awesome. We baked it up to make it crispy and put it on a fresh, toasted sourdough bread with some lettuce and thick slices of tomato – voila! an easy, delicious, and filling dinner!
If you can’t find facon, but live in Brooklyn, Pomegranate has some good bacon options – I think lamb, veal, and beef. I’ve bought it before, but never baked it up like I did with Jack’s Gourmet facon.
Okay, so now I’m mad. I bought my facon at Fairway, and I paid $6.99! Usually they have great prices, but the MSRP for facon is 5.99 and they’re selling it online for 4.99. I feel ripped off. Good thing I love Fairway for other reasons.
Another note: A while back, I read about how healthy watercress is! So while traditionally you use a little bit more of a crispy and big leafed lettuce for a BLT (I think), I wanted to be super healthy! So, I used watercress as the lettuce in this. It was great! Really.
Oh, and I didn’t add any mayo. I was thinking of making a garlic aioli and spreading it on the bread, but I changed my mind and just dressed the lettuce with a tiny bit of oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. It was great.
Makes 3 sandwiches
- 6 slices sourdough bread, sliced and toasted
- 1 package of Jack’s Gourmet facon
- 1 cup watercress, washed and dried well
- 3 thick slices of tomato
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Balsamic vinegar
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Place the slices of bread on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the bacon from the package and put into a basketweave pattern, kinda like this, but using two slices across and two down. If some slices are longer than others, feel free to trim them, etc.
4. Bake the bacon until crispy, mine took about 15 minutes.
5. Dress the watercress with a splash of vinegar, a splash of oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
6. Lay three of the toast slices on a plate.
7. Divide the lettuce between the slices and top with the tomato.
8. Top with bacon and the second slice of bread.
9. Eat right away!