Provolone Lettuce Tomato Sandwiches (PLTs)

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A married couple (Cody and Lalita) from our church invited John and me to their house for lunch.  I let them know ahead of time we are vegetarians. Knowing that not everyone is used to cooking vegetarian-friendly food, I offered to bring something to help for lunch.  Her reply?

“We got it covered.”

I was intrigued, because I was expecting they would need guidance or suggestions as to what to make.  When we arrived at their apartment for lunch, Lalita greeted us and asked us how we felt about “Provolone Sandwiches.”  I had never heard of this sandwich before.  I assumed it was a grilled cheese sandwich.  But since trying this out for the first time, I cannot get enough!

Basically, you build the sandwich like a BLT, except instead of bacon, you griddle a couple slices of provolone cheese to stand in for the bacon.  All you do is melt a little butter in the pan on medium high heat, throw the provolone slice in the pan, let it brown and crisp up on one side, flip it over like a pancake and let the other side crisp up.  The cheese is crispy and meaty, and is a fabulous stand-in for bacon on a BLT.  I tried googling a recipe for this and can’t find one anywhere on the Internet, so I thought I would share it here on my blog!

One note: I was convinced the cheese was going to melt and stick to the pan.  It won’t.  You could probably even just spray a little Pam on the pan (instead of butter) and it would work just as well.

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Ingredients
Two slices of bread
Mayo
1 thick slice of tomato
Lettuce
2 slices of provolone cheese
1 pat of butter

1) Melt the butter in a pan over medium high heat.

2) Once the butter starts to bubble a bit, lay a slice of provolone cheese in the pan.  Griddle until golden brown and crispy.  Flip it over and brown the other side.  Repeat with the 2nd slice of cheese.

3) Now you’re ready to build your sandwich!  Spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread.  Build it by stacking the sandwich with cheese, tomato slice and lettuce.  Serve and enjoy.

4) Extra: If you’re feeling adventurous, layer a fried egg over-medium seasoned with salt and pepper on the sandwich.  I put cheese on the bottom, egg on the second layer, and then lettuce and tomato on top.  It really kicks it up another notch!

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