There’s a reason why the humble BLT sandwich works so well; it’s got a little bit of everything without going overboard. It’s not about one ingredient, but how it all comes together with the salty/smoky/crispy bacon, sweet ripe tomatoes that drip down your chin and fresh vegetal crunch of lettuce all on toasted sourdough with a smear of mayo (extra thick smear if you're my dad).
This silky side dish takes a cue from the good ol’ BLT, no need to reinvent the wheel here. Trade the delicate lettuce for sturdy collard greens and melt some creamy bleu cheese into a sauce; toss a few cherry tomato halves in at the last minute to keep their shape and then throw in a crumble of bacon if you’re into that sort of thing.
Serve it up hot to your dad with a perfectly juicy, medium rare steak. He deserves it after making you all those PB&J sandwiches, bean burritos and even a few BLT’s over the years. After all the countless rides to softball practice, hop hop dance class and to the mall with a car full of giggling girls. All the shopping for back to school clothes and supplies, paying for summer camp fees and acting classes.
Don't cut any corners here: use ripe tomatoes, fresh greens, whole milk and good, strong bleu cheese in a wedge. Buy a fat steak and season it liberally, cook it over a hot grill. And if your dad lives too many states away to cook dinner for, make sure you tell him just how much you appreciate him in a blog post. Love you Dad!