Watermelon-Bacon Sandwiches, Homemade Chips and Dip

watermelon sandwichI haven’t cooked much this week. I’m still not feeling great and summer finally decided to join us, so out of nowhere it’s become ridiculously hot. I really wanted real food tonight, even though I didn’t feel like cooking, and this meal was perfect. It was easy to make, required very little prep, and was refreshing and not too heavy.

I’ve been dreaming of this sandwich ever since I saw the idea in Newsday a few weeks ago – it’s basically your standard BLT, but with watermelon instead of the tomato. I know I’ve said that I hate watermelon, but those cocktails I made totally changed my mind on that one. I also don’t love raw tomatoes, so I thought this might be a nice alternate. I served the sandwiches with homemade potato chips and blue cheese dip. I also did a little experiment – I had heard of people making chips in the microwave, so I fried some and microwaved some and did a little taste test.

watermelon lettuce and baconSo, the sandwich…. I absolutely loved the way that the sweetness and juiciness of the watermelon played against the saltiness of the bacon. I also toasted the bread to get a little more textural interest – this alsp helped keep the sandwich from getting soggy. I was worried that it would be dry, but I should have known better than to think something with watermelon would be dry! Shawn did put a little mayo on his sandwich, but unless you really love mayo I think you can leave it off. I certainly wasn’t missing it. There was enough moisture from the melon.

chips with blue cheese dipI used the slicing side of my box grater to cut the potatoes into paper thin rounds for the chips. I frid most of them in oil, but set some aside for my microwave experiement. I have to say, that I was impressed with how the microwave chips came out! They were a little crispier and less oily, and the salt didn’t stick to them very well so I enjoyed the traditional chips better when eaten plain. But with dip? I honestly couldn’t tell them apart. Which was a nice surprise and not what I was expecting at all.The only downside to the microwave version is that since you need to cook them in a single layer, you can’t make that many at a time.

sndwich and chips

Watermelon BLT

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked
  • 1/4 seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • arugula
  • cracked black pepper

Lightly toast the bread. Arrange the bacon, watermelon, and arugula on two slices of bread (keep the watermelon as the middle layer, to keep the bread from getting soggy). Season with black pepper and top with second slice of bread.

Homemade Potato Chips, two ways

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • oil for frying or cooking spray
  • sea salt

Slice potatoes thinly on a box grater or mandolin.

If frying: Pour 1-inch of oil in a deep sized pot. Heat to 350. Fry potatoes in 3 batches for about 4 minutes per batch or until cripy and lightly browned. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt.

If microwaving: Mist potatoes lightly with cooking spray. Arrange in a single layer on a microwaveable dish. Cook for about 5 minutes on high heat, until potatoes begin to brown and crisp. Sprinkle with salt.

Blue Cheese Dip

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup low fat our cream
  • a few drops of lemon juice

Combine all ingredients. Mix well.

Serves 2.

Comments

  1. maybe I should give the microwave chips another shot, I didn’t have much luck last time I tried them.

    I think I’ll pass on the sandwich though, not a fan of bacon, and can’t get used the idea of watermelon in a sandwich!

  2. you have to try them with the dip. Plain, I didn’t like them as much – the lack of grease and salt made them seem off. But the dip masked that, since it added its own saltiness and creaminess.

  3. i love the microwave chips!
    My mission is to find Blue Potatoes but have been unlucky!

  4. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    A watermelon sandwich! Cool! Love the idea, especially with bacon!

  5. What unusual recipes. I’ve never tried watermelon as a replacement for tomatoes and I’m curious. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. You’ve included two of my favorites. Watermelon and bacon. I’m sure I’d love this. Nicely done on the potato chips, too.

  7. Wow this looks great! I would have never thought of using watermelon instead of tomato…yum!

  8. I love this! 1) I think the idea of watermelon is so refreshing and a perfect compliment to salty bacon. 2) Blue cheese dip was another great complement to the flavors and 3) I never heard of microwaving potato chips

  9. I am totally intrigued by so many things in this post – watermelon & bacon together, watermelon in a sandwich, and chips in the microwave?!!? Love it!

  10. What a unique sandwich this is! I have watermelon and bacon – I’m very tempted to try it! I love the microwave chips!

  11. Oh wow! this sandwich look amazing. vat a great combo!! and the microwave chips sound delish!! my kids gonna adore this! shout giv a try soon!
    cheers!!

  12. What a fun, fresh sandwich idea! I would love this one!

  13. What a great idea! Fantastic summer for a summer lunch :)

  14. I made the microwave chips before too and loved them! I too wish that we could make more at a time! I made them baked in the oven too and plan on posting on it soon!

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