Bacon sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes, with many accompanying ingredients, but – and here is the ultimate accolade – they are all great. A long, crunchy baguette filled with exotic salad and slaverings of mayonnaise can be delightful but then no connoisseur of the bacon butty would turn down two slices of white with a bit of butter and brown sauce either. It doesn’t matter how you serve it up, a bacon sandwich is bloody marvellous.
Everyone who makes a bacon sandwich will claim to be the finest proponent of the art in the whole of Christendom. I am no exception and here is my classic recipe:
• 3 rashers of smoked back bacon (it is worth stumping up for some really good quality stuff from a proper butcher but, let’s face it, anything will do)Fry the bacon in a little olive oil. When it is almost cooked, but not quite crispy, chuck in some cherry tomatoes which you have sliced in half. While these are cooking you can prepare the bread. Cut two thick slices and slap on the butter. Coat one slice with a generous amount of mayonnaise, and the other with an equally friendly spreading of mustard. Using the mayo slice as your base, pile on the rocket leaves (as much as you want really). Once the bacon is crispy enough for you then arrange the slices on the bread, I prefer two diagonal and once across the middle. Plonk the cooked tomatoes on top and then, using a potato peeler, shave some parmesan over the lot where it will start to melt. Stick the mustard slice on top and press down firmly. Cut lengthways (never diagonally – too flimsy) and enjoy with a cup of tea, a broad grin and juices dribbling down your chin.
• 2 slices of hand-cut crusty white bread
• some rocket leaves
• a handful of cherry tomatoes
• Parmesan cheese
• Dijon mustard
• some butter (obviously)