BLT Baskets

In the land of Paleo, BACON happens. It’s a pretty well known obsession and most omnivores in this community wear their pig-loving hats proudly. Do you know why that is?

BECAUSE BACON IS…BACON! It is crispy and salty, juicy and flavorful. It can enhance almost any dish and is good from sun up to sun down. It’s. BACON.

Sometimes you just gotta go for it and while I try not to obsess about bacon in an overly annoying and “ok we get the point” kind of way, it really is good. My kids agree. In fact I think it is their favorite food group.

Anyway, these little BLT baskets are packed with flavor, eat like a meal, but are perfect for appetizers. My 3-year-old and I snacked on these for lunch today and with the {FINALLY} warming temps, these were the perfect bite sized lunchable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack pastured, nitrate free bacon (sliced in halves)
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 1 medium/large vine-ripened tomato diced
  • Garlic sea salt grinder
  • Optional: organic/homemade mayo
  1. You will need a mini muffin tin (or something similar) turned upside down for this
  2. Preheat oven to 375
  3. Taking your halved bacon strips, make an “X” across the bottom of one of the mini muffin tins
  4. You will want to press slightly so that the bacon takes the shape of the tin
  5. Repeat this step as many times as you can
  6. Bake until crispy (20-25 minutes in many ovens) but not overcooked or you will have a hard time removing the “baskets”
  7. Remove from oven and let cool just for a few minutes
  8. GENTLY remove the bacon baskets from the tins – you can use a utensil to carefully pry them off if they are sticking (mine came off fairly easily)
  9. If they are still really warm they might be pliable so allowing them to cool slightly helps them firm up better
  10. Once cooled (and sturdy) fill the little baskets with diced avocado and tomato
  11. If you wish (and I sure did) squeeze a tiny dollop of mayo
  12. Now conservatively grind your garlic sea salt over the tops of the baskets, it won’t take much, just a little for the avo/tomato blend
  13. Try to save one for someone else without eating them all
  14. ^ Step 13 is the trickiest

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