Brunch BLTs with Chilies and Cheese

"We like these for Saturday morning breakfast (while we read the Sunday paper, which comes on Saturday ... go figure!), but they also make a good light supper," says Mickey Strang of these hearty sandwiches.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 517
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Protein 26 g
Fat 28 g
Satfat 12 g
Carbohydrate 39 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Sodium 1232 mg
Cholesterol 319 mg

Ingredients

8 slices bacon (about 1/2 lb.)
8 slices sourdough bread, each 4 by 6 inches and 1/2 inch thick
1/4 pound thinly sliced jack cheese with chilies
1 can (7 oz.) whole green chilies, drained and torn into strips
2 firm-ripe tomatoes (4 to 5 oz. each), rinsed, cored, and sliced
Salt
5 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
4 large leaves red-leaf lettuce, rinsed and crisped (optional)

Preparation

1. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium heat, cook bacon until brown and crisp, about 15 minutes, turning slices as needed. Drain bacon on towels and discard fat.

2. On each of 4 bread slices, lay 2 bacon slices. Arrange cheese, chilies, and tomatoes equally on bacon; sprinkle lightly with salt. Cover each stack with another slice of bread.

3. In a wide, shallow dish, beat eggs with milk to blend. On a 12-inch nonstick griddle or in a 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, melt half the butter. Meanwhile, one at a time, lay sandwiches in egg mixture; let stand about 15 seconds on each side. Lift out; put on griddle, 2 sandwiches at a time.

4. Brown sandwiches on each side, turning as needed, about 10 minutes. When they are cooked, transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200° oven. Add remaining butter to pan and cook remaining 2 sandwiches. Set hot sandwiches on plates and tuck a lettuce leaf alongside each.

Note:

Mickey Strang, McKinleyville, California,

August 2001