makes four sandwiches
14 sun-dried tomato slices packed in oil, drained and finely chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh Italian parsley leaves, finely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), at room temperature
6 dashes Tabasco Sauce
freshly ground black pepper
12 slices thin white sandwich bread, toasted
8 slices cooked bacon
2 cups arugula (about 1 1/2 ounces), washed and dried
2 (4-ounce) cans sardines packed in olive oil, drained
Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, butter, and Tabasco in a medium bowl and mix into a uniform paste. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
Place 8 slices of the toasted bread on a work surface. Spread an even amount of the tomato butter on each slice, using it all up. Set the remaining 4 unbuttered bread slices aside.
Place 2 pieces of bacon each on the buttered sides of 4 of the bread slices. Top the bacon with 1/4 cup of the arugula per sandwich. Top the arugula with a slice of the unbuttered bread. Place a quarter of the sardines on top of each unbuttered piece of bread and season with pepper. Top the sardines with another 1/4 cup of the arugula per sandwich, and finish with a slice of buttered bread, buttered-side down. Slice each sandwich in half and serve.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Sarah Karnasiewicz, CHOW.com, 235 Second Street, First Floor, San Francisco, California 94105