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THE BACON BOMB SAMMIE
SUBMITTED BY MONICA KELEHER OF METHUEN, MA.  SHE GETS HER INGREDIENTS AT MANN ORCHARDS IN METHUEN AND OTHER LOCAL FARM STANDS.

This sandwich is one of my boys’ favorites—they ask for it all the time. We sometimes change out the bread depending on where we shopped or what we have on hand, but the pretzel bun is a favorite of theirs. We are very lucky to live near many great markets and farmers markets and the roasted tomatoes help us prolong the life of all the delicious fresh tomatoes that we find.

MAKES 1 SANDWICH

1 pretzel rollApplewood-smoked bacon, thickly cut

Avocado

Roasted tomatoes

Lemon juice and zest

Mayonnaise

Cheese of your choice

Romaine lettuce heart, grilled if desired

Fresh basil leaves, torn or roughly chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover a baking sheet with tinfoil and lay out desired amount of bacon. Place in the oven and cook until crispy. Remove from the baking sheet and place on paper towels. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, lemon zest and lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat a grill or grill pan. Rub a bit of olive oil on the romaine heart, season with salt and pepper, and grill until grill marks appear. Keep an eye on it so it does not burn! Grill the inside of the pretzel bun to toast it and then immediately top it with the cheese so it melts a bit.

To assemble the sandwich, spread the mayonnaise on the cheese-less side of the bun, add the bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado slices, roasted tomatoes, and sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper to taste, then serve.