Slow Roasted Tomato BLTS

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Thank you to Christine at'Chew Nibble Nosh'for this delicious slow roasted tomato BLT with basil mayo recipe. BLT's are a good old fashioned classic sandwich that have held their popularity. Sandwiches can be very simple or more complex, and most take very little time to make, so after a busy day, sandwiches offer a great quick meal choice. In the case of this BLT sandwich recipe, however, it is in fact not a quick meal, so this would be one to make on a day you feel like you want to be adventurous in the kitchen. The extra steps to create the flavor in your BLT that will turn this sandwich into a gourmet delight! In fact, the twist to this BLT recipe is that the tomatoes are oven-roasted before they are put on the sandwich. The tomatoes slices are roasted on a very low heat, so in a way, they are almost dehydrated. This process concentrates those tomatoey flavors. If you love to be in the kitchen and experimenting with flavors, this recipe is for you. You will be roasting the tomatoes on very low heat for about four hours, so plan to put them in the oven while you are doing other daily things and come back to them when it is time to assemble the sandwich.

The recipe calls for firm, ripe Roma tomatoes. You may wonder why the Roma tomato versus another type of tomato? Many of you know the various varieties of tomatoes, but for those that don't a Roma tomato is a meaty plum tomato. It has very few seeds and juices in it, so when you slice it, you have a more meaty tomato to work with. It is a popular choice for canning and dehydrating as well. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, and they have a low-calorie count, so there are benefits to adding tomatoes to your diet.

Bacon can be fried in a pan on the stovetop, or Christine's method is lining a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and baking a whole lot of strips at the same time for about 10 to 15 minutes at 350F. This slow roasted tomato BLT is also made with a fresh basil mayonnaise. Basil is a fragrant herb that is added to many recipes and pairs very well with tomato. Basil has been used as a culinary herb for thousands of years. You can usually purchase it fresh in the vegetable section of the major food stores, often still growing in a 4-inch pot. Many people enjoy buying live potted herbs and keeping them growing in a bright window or under a grow light, just for the convenience of having fresh herbs in their kitchens. This BLT sandwich recipes also uses toasted multigrain bread with is a great choice, but if you have a favorite bread, you can easily substitute it. There are lots of other great recipes also to be found on this blog site as well.

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