Caprese BLT’s with Balsamic Mayo

Sometimes when I get home from work and I’m tired and hungry at the same time, or I’m hungry but have a list of chores to accomplish, I just don’t have the time nor the energy to spend a lot time in the kitchen.  Even though that’s a place I love to be.  Quite honestly, I seem to spend most of my time either in the garden or my kitchen.

So this simple Caprese BLT is perfect for busy or tired nights.

And to make the prep even easier, I usually make the bacon ahead of time.  For instance, on Sunday I take the time to prep some of the ingredients that I will need for the week’s menu.

Whether it be something simple such as chopping veggies, shredding cheese or popping some bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet for BLT’s!!

If you follow along with my blog and Facebook posts, you know that I love Caprese and incorporate that into many versions of my recipes.

I took my love of a good old-fashioned BLT and combined it with the typical ingredients for Caprese. Caprese is another love of mine.

When I serve Caprese to guests (or myself), I love using a reduced balsamic syrup drizzled over the top but for this sandwich I wanted to make balsamic mayo.

The balsamic mayo is pretty simple to make, and you really don’t even need measurements.  I just eyeballed about 1 tablespoon of mayo and added the balsamic vinegar until I was happy with the taste.  I probably used about ¼ teaspoon of the balsamic vinegar.

I used a crusty loaf of bread to toast but you can use whatever you have on hand, lightly toasted.

When I make Caprese, whether it be just the salad, making pasta, or when I use it on flatbread I like to use a good mozzarella cheese and slice it into chunks.  But for this I used shredded.  You could even pop it in the oven for a few minutes to melt, YUM!

To assemble, I spread the delicious balsamic mayo over both pieces of the toasted bread on one side.  Over one slice I put the lettuce and then the cheese, here is where you could melt the cheese.

On top of the lettuce and cheese I added the bacon, then the tomatoes and basil, a little salt and pepper.  You could add another layer of cheese here if you would like.  Top with the other slice of toast with balsamic mayo.

I have used just the plain mayo and drizzled the balsamic syrup over the tomatoes and basil, that is just as delicious!


Cinnamon Apple Maple Syrup

So I did this thing.

This terrible, awful thing.

To my already delicious maple syrup.

Sorry, I guess I’m being a little dramatic. But seriously, this “thing” I did to the maple syrup is actually divine!

And I’m guessing if you made it this far into my story after reading the title, you might be just a tad bit interested.

I love French toast, and I love putting apple pieces in my pancakes sooo I thought maybe this syrup would give me the best of both!!

I sliced and apple into thin slices and then chopped them to smaller pieces, you need a cup for this recipe.  I tossed them in a pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon light brown sugar.  Sautee until fork tender.

Then reduce the heat to low and add a few dashes of cinnamon, not too much though! Add 3/4 cup of maple syrup.  Stir until heated through, then remove from the heat and serve.

I just love this syrup, I’m sure you will too.

Cinnamon Apple Maple Syrup

1 cup thinly sliced and diced apple

1 T butter

1 T light brown sugar

3/4 cup maple syrup

Melt butter and brown sugar in a sauté pan over medium heat, add the apples and cook until fork tender.  Reduce the heat to low.  Add the cinnamon and maple syrup,  stir until heated through and serve.