I have been in Toronto for almost a week and I have learned a few things. Happily this trip coincided with fiddlehead season, again, so that was a treat. And I now see that everyone in Toronto is even more obsessed with kale than they were before. Green kale, purple kale, cavolo nero, baby kale for salads and kale juices (offensive, sorry, I tried and it was like drinking bile. Might work with some apple?). There are kale cookbooks, the Indian restaurant I am sitting at right now in Toronto airport has a kale salad but with an Indian twist. It is endless, and that is good, infernal stomach rotting juice aside, for kale, generally, is a very good thing. Especially when crispy.
(Mmmmm, crispy!* Now there is a word that polarises as much as kale. But I like crispy, even if incorrect and so I shall keep using it).
So, you all know I love bacon. I mean who doesn’t, at least who doesn’t that doesn’t have religious objections to it? I have never heard of anyone trying bacon and declaring it a terrible thing. When you hear stories about bacon, it is almost always that people ate it when they shouldn’t, just because they could no longer resist. And how could they? So, when concocting recipes for my recent sandwich feature, I thought a BLT will have to be in there, but what if it was with a twist, that made it even better? And so the BCKT was born. That being the Bacon, Crispy Kale & Tomato Sandwich. OH YES.
This is really very simple. I crisp the kale for just about 5 minutes at a high heat in the oven, about 190 deg C. Before I put it in the oven, I wash it and dry it (a salad spinner or a gentle rub with kitchen paper will do the job), then I toss it in a small amount of light oil (groundnut or sunflower work well but extra virgin olive oil is good too if you want that flavour), a dusting of Spanish paprika and a touch of sea salt (the bacon is quite salty already, so not so much). Once it is crisped, I whip it out of the oven (it can burn very quickly so keep an eye on it) and then add it to my sandwich.
The sandwich? I prefer sourdough, lightly toasted on the outside, but a white bloomer would work well too. Butter, mayonnaise, good juicy tomatoes, great bacon (of your choice), and as much crispy kale as I can fit in there. Sometimes a little hot sauce, like tabasco.
I think that is your weekend brunch sorted? Enjoy it!
* crispy, crispy, crispy, crispy. Just to aggravate the crisp people. CRISPY! ;)