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March 16, 2015

BLT Stacks with Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing

Hey you!

Time for another month of the Secret Recipe Club!

This month I was assigned to Jenna's blog, The Painted Apron. Ooooh my goodness, she has sooooo many good, unique, creative recipes on her blog! (She's also an amazing painter...check out her gallery. I'm OBSESSED with the painting, "Hair Salon"). I found myself so torn and it was so hard to decide. The weather has been really nice around here lately... perfect grilling weather!... and so her BBQ Grilled Chicken Nachos were calling my name. Um, Cheddar & Chive Hushpuppies?!? That sounds like the best thing ever, but I was just a little timid to bust out the deep fryer. Asian Short Ribs and French Onion Stuffed Mushrooms with Gruyere & Rosemary Croutons. I'm so impressed! I want it all. 

I chose her delicious Stacked Tomato Salad because I had some bacon and beautiful lettuce to use up. And, well, BACON. PJ made a song about me (he raps!) and it was the sweetest thing ever, of course he had a line in there about loving me so much he'll put bacon in my casserole  :) That's true love right there. Anyway, I digress, I digress. 

I decided to add some sweet red onion to set these tomato stacks over the top, and for that extra pop of purple for the photos. I can't lie. The things that go into being a food blogger :) I also did a mix of sour cream and mayo to thicken up the dressing a bit. 

These are the perfect light side item, and that homemade buttermilk blue cheese dressing really sets it over the top. It looks so fancy, but is so easy. And you know I love that. Who doesn't???

BLT Stacks  with Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing
adapted from The Painted Apron

*Yields: 2 BLT Stacks

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
Tomato Stack:

  • 1-2 tomatoes, sliced into 6 slices
  • 2-3 slices bacon, cooked
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 2-4 bleu cheese dressing (recipe above)
Season tomato slices with salt and pepper. On each lettuce leaf, stack one slice tomato, 1/2 slice bacon, one slice tomato, 1/2 slice bacon, and top with another slice of tomato (3 slices per stack). You can use a toothpick to secure stacks, if desired. Drizzle stacks with bleu cheese dressing. Top with additional bacon for garnish, if desired.

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Peace, and bacon grease!