Tomato Towers With Blue Cheese and Bacon

A dinner party crowd-pleaser.

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  • 6 slices firm white sandwich bread
  • 6 large heirloom tomatoes, assorted colors, if possible
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped, sautéed, drained (reserve grease)

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  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Using a cookie cutter, cut bread into rounds; toast on both sides. Slice tomatoes into 1/3 inch slices.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Warm bacon grease in skillet, adding half the salt and black pepper. Add vinegar; slowly whisk in oil. Remove from heat.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Build a tomato tower on each bread round, alternating 2-4 slices from different tomatoes; sprinkle each with salt, pepper and a dab of cheese.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Spoon warm dressing over tomato, top with cooked bacon and serve with rice or pasta as a main course.[/step-item]

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