Apologies in advance for not really having any photos of the process of this recipe. I was in a terrible mood and my kitchen showed it! It was a complete mess. I always do my prep work ahead of time before jumping into a recipe and for some reason I didn't this time. I became overwhelmed and grumpy, completely convinced this recipe would absolutely flop.
It was, "the best sandwich I've had in a really long time" according to my husband. As he is a sandwich connoisseur, I was completely floored. Then I tasted it...and had to agree. The entire thing was so delicious I know I'll be making it again. Next time I'll be in a better mood!
This sandwich recipe was inspired by an episode of "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" on Food Network. The gist of the show is that Bobby challenges chefs to their specialty and then the judges rule on which one is better. This particular episode was on Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwiches. My husband and I looked at each other and nearly spoke in unison...we have to make those!
I couldn't find a complete recipe I really liked, so I made my own version. This is the bread recipe I used: Tyler Florence's Wonderful White Bread. The only thing I did differently is I used 2 cups of white flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Why? Because I was so scatterbrained that I thought I was out of white flour. Sigh.
I used this recipe for the fried green tomatoes: Neely's Fried Green Tomatoes and they turned out incredibly well!
So the lowdown on the sandwich layers are:
Bottom: Bread spread with a light layer of mayo, sprinkled with fresh black pepper
Layer #1: 3 slices of turkey bacon (baked in the oven for about 15 minutes)
Layer #2: As many fried green tomatoes as you can fit, they are TOO delicious!
Layer #3: Crisp leaf lettuce
Layer #4: 3 thin slices of red, ripe tomato (these provide the perfect contrast to the fried green tomatoes!)
Top: Bread spread again with a light layer of mayo
Slice in half so you have a chance at getting your mouth around the sandwich and gobble it up! I served the sandwiches with a side of sweet potato chips and it was the perfect dinner.