Thursday, 29 September 2011

A Good Idea...

So my plan today was to write about these sort of Middle-Eastern/Mediterranean-ish spiced cabbage rolls I made yesterday. It was a vegetarian recipe I'd been wanting to make for years. Every once in a while, though, a recipe is simply not good. That was the case here, and it was tremendously disappointing to me. We ended up using McDonald's coupons. SIGH.....

On the bright side, though, I did end up starting my meal with a very good idea that took about five minutes to put together. Not so much a recipe, but just something that can be thrown together and altered depending on what you have in the house. This is sort of along the lines of a BLT, if you can imagine Basil being a substitute for lettuce. Little did I know, it turned out to be a starter to my Big Mac trio.

Here's my recipe (if you can call it that), it's for two people:

4 pieces of melba toast
1 handful of cherry tomatoes (or about half a big tomato) chopped up
2 pieces of bacon, diced and fried
4-6 fresh basil leaves (or a pinch of dried basil)
2 sprigs fresh oregano (or a pinch of dried oregano)
a splash of white (or red) wine vinegar
a drizzle of really good extra virgin olive oil

Here's the oil I used, it's an award winner that I've mentioned in the past, and is really fantastic. 

Really and truly, you just need to mix it up, spoon it onto the melba toasts, or any other good toasted bread, and maybe give it another drizzle of olive oil just for extra loveliness. 

That's all there is to it! Even my non-tomato adoring husband really liked these. I think they're a great example of how you can incorporate small amounts of meat without them being the main part of the meal, yet another Mediterranean Diet principle. Just as long as you don't follow them up with a Big Mac...

Have a great day!


  1. Very cute! I love the idea of subbing basil for lettuce.

    I also posted a riff on the traditional BLT - BLT Sandwich Salad.

  2. great idea! Thanks for sharing at What's Cooking Thursdays!

  3. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


  4. I love your BTG and much better than a BLT. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen