I have my sister Carolynne to blame for this addiction. She lured me with the tomato, bacon and mayo then set the hook deep with the addition of the garlic and basil and then reeled me in with the English muffin and butter.
Recipe as follows:
1 Red, ripe tomato cut into thick slices.
(My favorites are heirlooms I buy at my local farmer's market.
If you grow your own all the better)
2 or 3 large cloves of fresh garlic
1 tsp of salt
Dollop of mayo
2 strips of cooked, crispy bacon
1 English muffin
chili pepper flakes
Place garlic and salt in a mortar and grind with pestle until completely smashed and shiny
(Or you can put the salt on a cutting board and crush the garlic with the side of a large knife.)
Put a BIG dollop of mayo in another bowl. If it'll make you feel better use low fat mayo but what's the point of that when bacon is involved? HA! Add garlic mash.
Roll and chiffonade (isn't that a marvelous word? It just means cut it into strips) the basil and add to mayo mixture.
Toast the English muffin and butter it. (Don't even THINK about skipping this step.)
Spread on the mayo nice and thick, arrange the bacon on top of that and then plop down the tomato slice. Top with a sprinkle of grey salt and devour. The contrast of the cold tomato with the warm toasted English muffin really defies description.
Oh and if you're really brave, add a dash or 2 of red chili flakes to the mayo mixture.
I GUARANTEE YOU WILL LOVE THIS - well except if you don't like tomatoes. Then I'll just think you are nuts!