Sunday, August 21, 2011

Travelers Cuisine - BLT Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap

BLT Wrap!
     In America, if you say the three letters BLT, there is only one thing that comes to mind.  Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich!
     BLT sandwiches have been made since the late 1800's.  There are five required ingredients for a true BLT.  Bacon, lettuce, tomato, bread and mayonnaise.  The better the bacon, the better the BLT!  The better the tomatoes, the better the BLT!  Tortillas do qualify as bread.  Whole wheat tortillas are perfect for making a BLT sandwich wrap.
    The Sahara Casino in Las Vegas recently closed for possible renovations.  The Sahara had a popular eatery called the NASCAR Cafe.  The NASCAR Cafe was famous for the 6 pound burrito eating challenge special.  Finish eating the 6 pound burrito within the time limit and the prize was free food at the NASCAR Cafe for the rest of your life!
     The NASCAR Cafe offered an interesting BLT special on the menu.  The NASCAR Cafe BLT had 1 pound of bacon on the sandwich!  That huge BLT was guaranteed to make the cholesterol count go through the roof!
     Travelers who have few dining options when they bunk down in a motel out in the middle of nowhere do not have to settle for a lousy meal at a fast food joint.  Almost every modern motel room has a microwave oven.  Bacon can be cooked in a microwave oven.  A BLT Wrap is a nice light meal after driving the highway all day.
     A BLT sandwich is more appealing if it is served with fruit, rather than greasy french fries or a heavy mayonnaise based salad.  Even the most health conscious person cannot resist the temptation of a good BLT if there is some fruit on the plate!
     I made this BLT Wrap while stuck in a motel room that had a microwave.  I wrote the recipe for those who travel to areas where restaurant dining options are limited.  Making a creative light meal with a motel room microwave after driving all day provides satisfaction and it relieves stress.  Every item in this recipe can be found at a convenience store, a gas station market or any grocery store along the highway.  A microwave safe cooking container that is suitable for cooking bacon is all that is needed.  There is bacon that is packaged in modern microwave ready cooking containers.  Just take the container out of the box, follow the cooking directions and viola!  Crisp bacon!        
     BLT Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap:
     Bacon can be cooked in a microwave and it will become crispy.  Microwave bacon does shrink in size, but nearly all of the fat will cook out of the bacon.  Less saturated fat is a good thing while traveling.  A plastic microwave safe cooking container is needed for cooking bacon.  
     Cook 6 to 8 thin slices of bacon in a microwave that is set to a medium heat level.  Cook the bacon till it becomes crisp.
     Set the bacon on a dry paper towel or napkin to drain off any excess grease.
     Place a large whole wheat tortilla on a counter top.
     Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise across the center of the tortilla.
     Place a few small leaves of red tipped leaf lettuce on the mayonnaise.
     Overlap several thin slices of rip tomato on the lettuce.
     Place the crisp bacon strips on the tomato slices.
     Fold one end of the tortilla partially over the ingredients.
     Roll the tortilla into a cylinder shape.
     The sandwich wrap can be cut in half or served whole.
     Place the BLT sandwich wrap on a plate.
     Place some leaf lettuce on the plate as a bed for the fruit.
     Place a portion of a fruit of your choice on the plate.  (I served the BLT sandwich wrap in the pictures with red grapes.)
     Making a motel microwave meal look nice adds to the appeal.  BLT Wrap!  Yum!  ...  Shawna

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