Apple Bacon Sandwiches

Posted on July 12, 2013

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I know it’s still summer, but the other day I found myself wanting a taste of fall. In Michigan, apples are a quintessentially fall crop. I had some beautiful salad greens from last week’s CSA delivery, but I really wanted something heartier than a salad. It’s way too warm for soup, but a crunchy, savory, toasted sandwich sounded just about right.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of whole or multi-grain bread
  • 8 slices humanely raised bacon
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta (This is an estimate, trust your own judgement here.)
  • 1 apple, sliced about 1/4 inch thick (I like Pink Ladies.)
  • 2 handfuls of salad greens
  • cooking spray or olive oil

Turn your oven onto broil and lay your bacon out on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Pop the bacon in the oven (keep a close eye on it, you don’t want it to burn) and lightly spray (or brush with olive oil) a second cookie sheet.

Raw bacon ready to go under the broiler. The foil is folded up at the edges to catch grease and help with clean up.

Raw bacon ready to go under the broiler. The foil is folded up at the edges to catch grease and help with clean up.

Place your bread on the second cookie sheet and lay out enough apple slices to cover two of the pieces of bread. You will have some apple left over, I suggest snacking on it while you cook.

Try to keep the apple to a single layer, or the bread will burn before the apple has time to soften properly.

Try to keep the apple to a single layer, or the bread will burn before the apple has time to soften properly.

Now layer half the feta cheese on top of each apple covered slice of bread.

You don't need a ton of cheese here, since both the feta and the bacon are salty, too much can overwhelm the other flavors.

You don’t need a ton of cheese here, since both the feta and the bacon are salty, too much can overwhelm the other flavors.

Turn the oven down to about 375 and pull out your bacon if you haven’t already. Once the broiler has cooled a bit put your bread into the oven for 5-10 minutes (I can’t be more specific here, ovens vary a lot.) until the apples and cheese have begun to soften, but the feta has not yet started to brown.

Your bacon should be completely cooked, but not to the point of crumbling or dryness.

Your bacon should be completely cooked, but not to the point of crumbling or dryness.

Pull out the bread when it’s ready and top each sandwich with four slices of bacon. Put the whole try back in the oven and then turn it off. Leave it in for 2-3 minutes, just long enough to warm the bacon back up.

Try to distribute the bacon evenly so you will get a bit in each bite.

Try to distribute the bacon evenly so you will get a bit in each bite.

Once the bacon is warmed place a handful of greens on each sandwich. Be generous.

The greens add a freshness to the sandwich, which might otherwise be a bit too heavy.

The greens add a freshness to the sandwich, which might otherwise be a bit too heavy.

Close up your sandwiches and slice them in half. Serve immediately. You can use the rest of your sliced apple as a refreshing side if you haven’t eaten them all already.

Delicious.

Delicious.

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