A BLT that thinks outside the box


— Few sandwiches are more widely enjoyed than BLTs. When hosting parties, hosts often look for foods that will appeal to their guests, which makes BLTs a great appetizer option. Those hosts who want to take a chance on a less traditional ÒBLTÓ might want to consider the following recipe for Inside-Out BLTs from Bob Blumer’s Surreal Gourmet Bites(Chronicle Books). Unlike traditional BLTs, this recipe includes cheese and some additional unique properties guests are sure to love.

Inside-Out BLTs

Yields 12 bites

8 strips premium bacon, sliced crosswise into 1Ú8-inch strips

8 firm Roma tomatoes or green (unripe) tomatoes, cut into 1Ú4-inch-thick slices

1 cup flour

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups bread crumbs or panko

3 or more tablespoons olive oil


Freshly ground black pepper

1 4-ounce log goat cheese, approximately 11/2 inches in diameter, sliced 1/8-inch-thick

24 arugula leaves, lower stems discarded

Cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Drain on a paper towel.

Select the 24 most uniform tomato slices and save the rest for tomorrowÕs lunch. Dredge slices in flour, then in egg