Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The "2 Minute BLT Sandwich" and Other Bacon Shortcuts
I just thought of one of my frugal shortcuts this morning. It's one of those things that I've been doing for so long that I take it for granted, but when I mentioned it to a friend she thought it was a great idea. At Sam's they have a large bag of Hormel Real Bacon Bits (with 50% less fat than regular bacon). You can find this handy bag of dried bacon in the salad dressing isle. I've almost quit buying regular bacon! Here are the ways that I use it.
First the "2 minute BLT sandwich": toast two slices of bread, spread one side with mayo, sprinkle mayo slice with bacon and add lettuce and tomato. Bacon, lettuce, tomato is my favorite sandwich in the summer, so this was a major discovery for me. Some of us are thrilled with the little things in life!
Next, when the guys all want omelets for breakfast (yeah, that would have to be on Saturday) I just scramble up the eggs and throw in the real bacon bits. It's like having bacon and eggs without the greasy mess. Ditto for making casserole recipes and 7-Layer Salad. You can't imagine how hooked you'll be on this idea if you love to save time and you hate the greasy mess of bacon. For all of you campers out there, and you know who you are, no, you will not have any grease to put in your drippings can. Sorry, you can't have everything. If you check the price of real bacon bits at the regular grocery store, I think you'll find that this is a good buy, as well; The 1 lb. 4 oz. bag was $7.06 at my local Sam's. Since you just sprinkle enough for that bacon flavor, the bag lasts a long time in the fridge. Also, using it this way, you save on calories.
- See "The Finer Things in Life" and "Blessed With Grace" blogs for their great tips, also.