Recipe courtesy of Nick Hernandez and Chris Rose

EATS! Midwest BLT with 5-Pepper Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 sandwich
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Ingredients

4 slices applewood smoked bacon

A pinch cayenne pepper

A pinch black pepper

2 firm green tomatoes

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup all-purpose breading mix

Vegetable oil (amount depends on cooking method)

1 lettuce leaf

1/4 cup melted butter

2 pieces Texas toast

4 tablespoons EATS! Heat 5-Pepper Sauce, recipe follows

1 whole fresh jalapeno

EATS! Heat 5-Pepper Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 cloves raw garlic, minced

11 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped with seeds, reserve 1 raw for garnish 

9 fresh Scotch bonnet peppers, chopped with seeds, reserve 1 raw for garnish

5 fresh ghost chile peppers, chopped with seeds, reserve 1 raw for garnish

5 fresh red Thai peppers, minced, reserve 1 raw for garnish

1 yellow onion, 1/4-inch diced

1 cup Cajun seasoning blend

1 cup cayenne pepper

1 cup crushed red pepper flakes

3 cups extra-hot wing sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup lime juice

Directions

  1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat to desired doneness. Dust with cayenne pepper and black pepper while cooking. Set aside on paper towels until needed.
  2. Slice the green tomatoes 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick. Dip the tomatoes into the buttermilk, and then coat with the breading. Ensure all areas of the tomatoes are covered completely.
  3. In a saute pan or deep-fryer, heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Saute or deep-fry the tomatoes until golden brown. Set aside on paper towels until needed.
  4. Take the melted butter and spread evenly on both sides of the Texas toast. Brown each side of both pieces on a flat top grill or in a clean saute pan. Brown to desired doneness.
  5. Apply the EATS! Heat 5-Pepper Sauce to the toast in a "Z" fashion. Place the lettuce on top of one toast slice, followed by the fried green tomatoes. Place the bacon on the other slice of toast.
  6. With your thumbs on the green tomatoes, flip and place on top of the other piece of toast that has bacon on it. With a sharp knife, cut the sandwich on a diagonal.
  7. With a sharp knife, cut your jalapeno lengthwise into 2 equal halves. You can use whole jalapenos if desired. Using toothpicks, push through one half jalapeno and place on top of one of the cut sandwich halves. Repeat for the other jalapeno and sandwich half. Serve with your choice of side.

EATS! Heat 5-Pepper Sauce:

Yield: 5 cups
  1. Add the olive oil, garlic, 10 habaneros and jalapenos, 8 Scotch bonnets, 4 ghost and Thai chile peppers and the yellow onions to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup each of the Cajun spice, cayenne and crushed red pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Pour the mixture into a blender and puree. Place the puree in the refrigerator to cool, about 1 hour.
  2. Once cool, add the remaining 1/2 cup Cajun seasoning, cayenne and crushed red pepper for added flavor. Stir in the wing sauce, vinegar, mayonnaise and lime juice. Add the 1 reserved raw chile pepper of each kind, and stir well. 

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