Saturday, August 13, 2011

Aoife's Cheesy BLT Bagel!

My good buddy Aoife Byrne finally tells all about her favourite bagel...

I've been meaning to share this little beauty for a long time now. Finally, I felt today was a good time to do it due to the hangover after a brilliant night of music with friends in Flanagan's. I knew as soon as I woke up that I wanted this in my belly asap.
So here it goes...

What you need:
Bagels (sesame or plain, just make sure they're fresh)
Rashers (I prefer the streaky ones, they work well in this bad boy)
Tomatoes (big juicy vine ones)
Lettuce (iceberg, it's gotta be iceberg)
Cheese (Charleville cheddar is my cheese of choice here)

The great thing about this baby is that you can get the ingredients in Centra without having to drag yourself into Tesco, which can be an awful experience when you're hungover.
So first off, grill the rashers. I like mine nice and crispy. While they're grilling, chop up the lettuce and slice the tomatoes.
When the rashers are done half the bagel and throw it under the grill on a low heat. The trick here is not to overdo the bagel. It's better when it's just warmed. If the bagels are nice and fresh they only need to be warmed.
Next, slap the crispy rashers onto one half of the bagel and grate some cheese over it. Stick it back under the grill until the cheese is melted (again, don't overdo it. Burnt cheese is manky).
I don't grill the tomatoes because I like when they're really juicy. It's a good combo with the crispy rashers (I really do like crispy rashers!)
Ok so after that it's just a matter of layering all the rest of it up. Whack a load of mayo on the other half of the bagel, followed by the lettuce, tomatoes and the other half of the bagel with the rashers and cheese. I really didn't need to tell any of you how to do that, just slap it all together. It's going to be amazing anyway.

So that's it. I love this bagel because it's so quick to put together  (it took me longer to write this yoke) and it's tasty as bejaysus.
This creation goes particularly well with a nice cuppa scald, chili heatwave doritos and an episode of Breaking Bad. (Although today I'm finishing it off with a choc chip cupcake that I made myself!)

Ps. Here's a pic of Sushi my dog enjoying some of the crispy rasher!!

 Aoife Byrne

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