Labor Day BLT’s

September 3rd, 2012

BLT’s have become a tradition for our Labor Day family get togethers at the lake.   This year’s rendition was one of the best we have ever had.  My Daughter-In-Law Kristen is the BLT master craftsman.  Each year she tries something new.

This year, instead of bacon, she made them with pancetta.  The pancetta became extra crispy.

The other components were grilled Italian bread (La Brea Bakery’s Italian Round),  crispy artisan lettuce, mozzarella cheese rounds,  and three kinds of heirloom tomatoes from Nana Darla’s garden.  The lettuce and tomatoes were drizzled with balsamic vinegar and chopped basil.  It was served open-faced.  To keep everything from sliding off, the layers were added in contrasting textures.  The mozzarella stuck to the lettuce and the tomatoes were placed on top of the ridged pancetta.

We devoured two platters of them and felt no guilt as they were free of fattening mayonaise and that extra slice of bread.

The holiday was a celebration of the end of summer and it was made even more special by spending it with our family.

Grandson Cameron enjoyed the water and Aunt Kim and cousin Keenan conquered their fears of jumping from the top of the boathouse.

The end of summer at its best!

10 responses to “Labor Day BLT’s”

  1. Big Dude says:

    “My Daughter-In-Law Kristen is the BLT master craftsman” – no doubt about it.

  2. Uptown fancy BLT’s Penny. Love it! Looks like everyone is having fun. I think I see a purple tomato.

  3. That looks like one amazing BLT! Kristen did a great job. How fun to see everyone enjoying the lake.

  4. Okay, when is Kristen making the next batch… I’ll be right over. That looks so scrumptious my mouth is watering as I type.

    Cameron is a cutie!! So much fun with family is what it is all about.

  5. There isn’t a better way to use vine ripened tomatoes than in a BLT. Little Cameron looks like he is all ready to take a swim. So Cute.

  6. Barbara says:

    Really love the inventiveness of your DIL, Penny! Pancetta appeared on my radar via Giada and I use it often in place of bacon. These are super looking BLT’s!
    The kids are having such fun at the lake! Your grandson is adorable.

  7. Barb Bobik says:

    Happy to see that you all had a great time. Hard to believe that the week prior you & David were in Michigan also hopefully having a good time! I like the new look of the blog. Cameron is such a cutie as is Rachel. Darla kept us up-to-date with her photos and much appreciated.

  8. lindaraxa says:

    I almost hate to see summer go except for cooler weather and less humidity!. Those BLT’s look divine, now if only I could find some heirlooms around here. BTW your photography has improved 1000%. I am jealous. Maybe a class for me this winter.

  9. Now that I live in the South, the “B” in BLT means sliced and smoked hog jowl! I just love it. And it’s cheaper than bacon.

  10. WOW! Those BLT’s are the BOMB!!!!!!!

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