It's been 6 months since I've been back from Spain but I'm still thinking about the trip. Spending days wandering around the neighborhoods and discovering new dishes is pretty much how I want to spend the rest of my days. Besides the amazing seafood, I was blown away by the sandwiches. I've already recreated a tuna nicoise sandwich I've had in Madrid so today I'm concentrating on a meat sandwich. The original version had jamon but let's be real, I won't be able to find any jamon of the same quality in California. So, we're going with the next best thing, bacon! This bacon tomato sandwich with apple date jam, arugula, roasted peppers, and melty mozzarella is how lunch should always be. Delicious on every level.
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What makes this bacon sandwich so different from all the other bacon sandwiches is the apple date jam. I took the basic idea of a BLT and completely transformed it to create this beauty. We still have salty bacon with the fresh juicy tomato but I elevated it to add a sweet jam, bitter arugula, creamy mozzarella, and smoky peppers. It all works wonderfully.
To make the apple date jam, all you need are four ingredients: apples, dates, maple syrup, and water. You can use any type of crisp apple ideal for cooking including granny smith apples, pink lady smith, braeburn, and honeycrisp. For the dates, I used medjool pitted dates as well. Simmer the apples with the remaining ingredients until the fruits have softened and blend everything together. You can also prepare the jam several days in advance.
While the jam is cooling, prepare the remaining sandwich toppings. I like to bake my bacon until crispy but you can use the stovetop instead. One pound may seem like a lot but you need the salty bacon to offset the sweet jam. Roast some bell peppers or use the jarred ones if more convenient. IIf you like your mozzarella a little melted like I do, top the bacon with the cheese and pop it in the oven for 2-3 minutes.
Now it's time to assemble. Grab some crusty bread and spread the apple date jam on the bottom bun. Top the jam with arugula, thick slices of tomato, plenty of bacon, fresh mozzarella, and roasted red pepper.
This bacon tomato sandwich with apple date jam really has it all. It hits all of the flavor notes, creating one cohesive and overall just really delicious sandwich. Thank you Spain for the inspiration!
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