Monday, February 7, 2011

Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches with Chive Mayo

The sewing scene is seriously slowing down around here.  The kids are getting busier, sleeping less, and we moved my sewing stuff to the basement to make space for a playroom.  I sewed a few rows on my quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap, but that's about it.  It does make me a little sad.  I will be spending pretty much all my February sewing time working on projects for my swaps.  I'm thinking this will be the last time I sign up for swaps for a long time.  Although it's fun to make something for someone else, it's hard when you have deadlines and have to spend all free sewing time on those projects.  Maybe I'll do it again in a few years.

Although there wasn't much sewing, I did make this fabulous sandwich I wanted to share.  It's a bit high maintenance.  (I think anything with real bacon is high maintenance.  I seriously dislike cooking bacon).  Despite this, it was totally worth it.  I added a slice of provolone which I thought was a good improvement.  I also thought the mayo was much better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours.  I liked the balsamic vinegar on the heavy side.  It really made the difference on this sandwich.   This recipe is definitely in my stack of keepers.  Yum!


6 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 teaspoons minced fresh chives
1 (1-lb.) loaf ciabatta bread, cut crosswise into 4 pieces
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
8 strips cooked bacon, halved
1 avocado, thinly sliced

1. Heat broiler. Combine mayonnaise and chives in small bowl.

2. Cut each bread piece horizontally in half; place cut-side up on baking sheet. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until light golden brown.

3. Immediately brush bread with vinegar. Spread with chive mayonnaise, using majority of mayonnaise on bottom halves. Place tomatoes on bottom half; sprinkle with salt. Top with bacon, avocado and top half of bread.

4 sandwiches


  1. sounds yummy. I've got some ripe avocados in the fridge so this might be lunch. I hate cooking bacon too. It's not usually a common food arounf here so I splurge on the pre-cooked bacon.

  2. These look yummy! I don't mind cooking bacon, since I learned about putting it in the oven. I usually heat the oven to about 375. (If I want to stand there and watch it closely, I've used as high as 425!) Lay the bacon in a baking pan with shallow sides (jelly roll pan) and there are none of the splatters all over the stove top!

  3. Yeah I've got two swaps I'm in. . . but I just realized today that the deadlines are in about a month. But then I found a friend across the pond that I'm doing another swap for. . .oi! But I haven't worked on my tokyo quilt that much. The goal is to get it done by the meeting. Deadlines can be good but also dumb stress.

  4. Dude. I hear ya. The little one ditched his morning nap in December - it used to allow a lot of sewing time when the older one was at preschool. Now I'm down to about 1 hour in the afternoon (no napping for the 4y.o.) and late at night. By the end of the day, I'm usually cashed! Oh, well! I agree, gotta make sure you do something for your self, sewing-related or not.

    Try grilled cheese with tomato and avocado. It's awesome.

    Don't forget the Love Nest...last day is Wed!

  5. Yummy sandwich!!!! I am with you on the swaps--I am done with big organized swaps after the ones I'm in right now wrap up. For me it's more about spending a lot of time on something that might not be what your partner wants...and potentially getting something that someone spent a lot of time on that you don't want, either! Just doesn't make a lot of sense when your free time is in limited supply!

  6. I understand about the sewing time. When my kids were little my sewing time was short and to the for the girls and me. Craft projects had to really work to spend the time on them, I seem to recall a couple things tossed across the room then into the trash!

  7. I seem to be working at night and making things by hand more. Getting to that sewing machine is so hard. I do have a table in the sewing room for Play-doh. That helps.

    And OMG that is my favorite sandwich combo!! I never thought of combining my garden chives with mayo - need to try it.