What’s a BLAT?


What’s a BLAT?

A. A genome bioinformatics site.

B.  A windows command line SMTP mailer.

C. A form of corruption in the Soviet Union.

D. Bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato sandwich.

E. All of the above.

The answer is E.

I have no idea what A, B and C are, but Google says they’re all BLATs, so they must be. But who cares? There’s only one you can eat, and that’s D.

Since it’s summertime, why not make a BLAT salad? Mix mesclun with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, and creamy avocado and toss in a warm balsamic-Dijon vinaigrette until slick. If you can’t live without the bread, then toss a couple handfuls of crunchy croutons into yours. Then BLAT with pleasure as you eat it. (BLAT: verb: to produce an overblown sound.)

BLAT Salad

Serves 4

6 slices bacon

2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon or spicy mustard

2 (7 to 8 ounce bags) salad mix

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 small or 1 large ripe avocado

1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes, turning once. Transfer to a paper-towel lined dish, reserving 2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat in the pan. Add vinegar and mustard to the pan, and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat.

2. In a large bowl, add salad mix, tomatoes, avocado, bacon and warm vinaigrette. Toss until well coated and serve.

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