Makes 1 hearty sandwich.

2 slices thick slices hearty white bread
4 teaspoons butter, soft
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 slices thin-cut bacon
4 leaves Red Dog red butter lettuce
1 Red Dog heirloom tomato
1/2 perfectly ripe avocado
Salt and pepper

Start by frying your bacon. When the bacon is crispy (but not TOO crispy!), take it out and remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Tear each slice of bacon in half so there are 8 strips. Keep warm until ready to assemble.

While the bacon is cooking, prepare your bread. Spread both sides of your bread with butter. Place in a skillet over medium heat and toast lightly, it will only take a couple minutes. Flip each piece of bread and toast the other side. Don’t overdo it! You only want a light browning. (Alternatively, you can toast your bread lightly in a toaster and then spread each side with butter.) Set aside.

Wash and dry your lettuce. Slice your tomato into slices that are about 3/8″ thick. Place the tomatoes on a paper towel-lined plate so absorb some of the water.

Cut your avocado in half, then slice one half into strips.

Assemble your sandwich: Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise on your toasted bread. Top with lettuce leaves. Next add 2 tomato slices that have been sitting on a paper towel for at least a few minutes. Sprinkle your tomatoes with salt and pepper. Add all 8 half-strips of bacon. Top the bacon with avocado strips. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper, if you like.

Spread the other piece of toasted bread with mayonnaise. Top the sandwich and gently press down. Use a sharp serrated knife to slice the sandwich in half. Eat right away!