California Club Sandwich

California Club Sandwich

Oh my goodness. I don’t post sandwiches very often because it often doesn’t feel like a “recipe” to me, but this California Club Sandwich made me change my mind. This recipe is hands down one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. I want to eat it every day. My humblest apologies, sandwiches, y’all can make pretty darn outstanding recipes and I will try not to neglect you so moving forward.

When I was trying to decide what I wanted to make today, nothing sound quite right. Eventually the concept of a BLT evolved into a California BLT (just add avocado) and that turned into a California Club (also add deli meat) until I knew I’d hit on my mental craving jackpot. Since avocado lends kind of a freshness already, I thought it would be fun to run with that and add a few other fresh flavored mix-ins to some low fat mayo and settled on lemon and basil.

I can’t gush about this sandwich enough. Golden toasty bread, juicy tomato, rich, buttery avocado, salty, smoky bacon, creamy, bright lemon-basil mayonnaise, sliced deli meat and a couple pieces of fresh green lettuce; it’s an explosion of flavors and they all come together perfectly. This tastes like a sandwich you’d order in a restaurant, but it comes together really quickly in the privacy of your own home for only 9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints on the myWW Green, Blue and Purple plans and only 287 calories! If you cook the bacon and stir together the mayo ahead of time this is even a convenient recipe for you to assemble at lunch time, even on work days. This hearty sandwich will keep you feeling full for hours and put a smile on your face. That’s a sandwich I can count as a recipe.

California Club Sandwich

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California Club Sandwich

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices center cut bacon (I used Wegmans regular slice center cut)
  • ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise (I used Hellman’s Low-Fat)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 8 slices light wheat bread (I used Pepperidge Farm Light Style Soft Wheat)
  • 8 oz sliced deli turkey or deli chicken (I used Hillshire Farms Oven Roasted Deli Chicken)
  • 1 medium avocado, cut into quarters (one quarter for each sandwich) and sliced
  • 4-8 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices tomato

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon slices according to package instructions and allow to dry on paper towels.
  2. In a small dish, combine the mayo, basil and lemon juice and stir until well combined and set aside.
  3. Toast the bread slices in a toaster until golden. Take two toasted slices and lay them side by side. Spread 1 tablespoon of the basil mayo onto one of the slices. Place 2 oz of the deli turkey or chicken over the mayo and spread avocado slices from ¼ of an avocado over the meat. On the other slice of bread, stack 1-2 pieces of lettuce and one slice of tomato. Criss cross two slices of the cooked bacon over the tomato. Flip the BLT side over onto the turkey side to form a sandwich. Repeat with the three remaining sandwiches. Cut in half and serve (you may want to stick a sandwich pick into each half before slicing to keep the ingredients perfectly stacked).

MyWW SmartPoints per (1 sandwich) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Green: 9 SmartPoints/ Blue: 9 SmartPoints/ Purple: 9 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per sandwich (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
287 calories, 26 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 15 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 20 g protein, 7 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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