• Welcome Summer! Posted on June 21, 2013

    Tagged as: BBQ Cooking Kosher Salt Seasoning

    Welcome Summer! Since this is the official first day and weekend of summer, I thought it was only appropriate to suggest this amazing....wait for it...….BLT PASTA SALAD! Perfect for summer picnics and BBQ's.


    12 ounce corkscrew shaped pasta
    1/2 cup milk
    1 lb lean bacon
    3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    1 clove garlic, minced
    Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    1/2 cup mayo (i used 1/4 cup mayo and 1/4 cup greek yogurt)
    1/4 cup sour cream
    4 tablespoons chopped chives
    5 heads Bibb lettuce, quartered, or 5 cups chopped romaine hearts


    Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as the label directs. Drain and toss with the milk in a large bowl; set aside.

    Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 3 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the tomatoes, thyme and garlic to the pan and toss until warmed through; season with salt and pepper. Crumble the bacon into bite-size pieces; set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Toss the remaining bacon and the tomato mixture with the pasta.

    Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and 3 tablespoons chives with the pasta until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lettuce; toss again to coat. Garnish with the reserved bacon and the remaining 1 tablespoon chives. Serve at room temperature.

    - See more at: http://abirdandabean.com/2011/06/blt-pasta-salad.html#sthash.4sI1Icp8.dpuf

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