Spicy Bacon Italian Heirloom Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella Tartine

by Meeta Wolff

This chapter is a free excerpt from What's For Lunch, Honey?.

You might wonder, what’s for lunch, honey…when honey is busy?

Something quick, using simple ingredients and easy to prepare, but definitively full of big time flavor. It’s how I eat to give me the energy boost I need when I have spent a whole day on my feet shooting and running around from kitchen to studio.

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You might wonder, what’s for lunch, honey…when honey is busy?

Something quick, using simple ingredients and easy to prepare, but definitively full of big time flavor. It’s how I eat to give me the energy boost I need when I have spent a whole day on my feet shooting and running around from kitchen to studio.

We love the classic combination of tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil leaves with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar. These tartines use the same ingredients and, with the addition of spicy bacon, it makes for a brilliant rustic lunch.

Use the freshest bread, juiciest tomatoes and best olive oil you can find. Buffalo mozzarella adds a stronger kick to the dish but regular works just as well. Add a nice big salad with lots of greens and this meal is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxed lunch. I love the slight spiciness the sprinkling of chilli powder adds to the bacon. The warm melted buffalo mozzarella on top of the crispy bacon brings together amazing textures and sublime flavors. Absolutely awesome!

Method:

  1. Sprinkle some of the chilli powder over each of the bacon slices, then heat up a skillet on high heat and fry the bacon slices on both sides without any oil until crispy. Allow to drip on some kitchen paper towels.
  1. Heat up the grill function of your oven to 180ºC (about 350ºF).
  1. In the same skillet, add some olive oil and fry the slices of bread on both sides until toasted.
  1. Place the toasted bread in an oven-proof dish, add the bacon slices, tomato slices, then the mozzarella slices on top. Place in the oven and grill for about 5-8 minutes until the cheese has started to melt.
  1. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt and freshly cracked pepper and add some basil leaves.
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