The BLT is the classic American sandwich. I haven’t run across one recipe that wasn’t screaming for a little slap and tickle of Southern refinement. Hence the fried green tomatoes and the guanciale. Guanciale is a pork jowl that has been cured but not smoked. It is a great substitution for bacon in the sandwich. It is as equally delightful if you crisp a few cubes to keep in your pocket and pop in your mouth to keep your spirits high and your breath desirable.
For the sandwich:
For the horseradish dressing:
Mix all the ingredients together. You can make this well in advance. Be careful to save some for the sandwich. It all might disappear the next time you grill some ox heart.
For the sandwich:
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Lay the strips of guanciale on a baking tray and cook in the oven until crisp. Take the crispy jowls off of the pan and pat dry with a paper towel. Hold aside the guanciale and try not to eat any unless you don’t mind shorting 1, 2, or 3 of your guests.
Pre-heat your deep fryer to 360 degrees. Put the flour with 1 tablespoon of salt into a bowl and mix it. Whisk together the egg and milk in a separate bowl. Finally, into the last available bowl you have clean, place the breadcrumbs in it with the thyme and one tablespoon of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Dredge each slice of tomato into the flour then dip into the egg wash and then flop the into the breadcrumbs making sure it is coated quite well. Place the breaded tomatoes on a plate or leave them in the breadcrumbs until they are queued for the finale.
To assemble the sandwich, insert the bread into the toaster and cook. Start frying the green tomatoes. Cook them until they are crispy and brown. Take them out of the fryer and pat dry on a paper towel. Lather the toast with horseradish dressing. Lay 2 slices of fried tomato on 4 pieces of the toast. Drape a few leaves of lettuce over the top of the tomatoes. Then lay 4 slices of guanciale on top of that. Place the 4 lonely pieces of toast on top of the sandwiches. Cut the sandwiches in halves and serve them to your lunch friends.