So as you all know (or rather, as some of you will know upon completing the reading of this sentence), we are barely more than a week away from the beginning of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, which starts on March 10. And, what better way to celebrate this fact than by eating a TBLMS! The TBMLS is the official sandwich of the MLS after all (as declared by me about a month ago at least). It’s a pretty basic sandwich really – each letter stands for something! (Yeah, totally ripped off the idea from BLTs here…)
First, the bacon. As I am lazy and dislike standing over a stove pushing meat around for long periods of time, I just shove all my bacon in the oven and let it bake.
Deli turkey is the easiest thing to use for the T in this sandwich, though I’m sure you could make some delicious post-Thanksgiving TBMLSs to celebrate the end of soccer season as well. I am in no way a mayonnaise purist, and actively prefer using Miracle Whip. Conveniently for me, both begin with an ‘M’. I suppose that if you wanted to get really nutty, you could substitute mustard. Or mackerel. Or marshmallow even. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination and what you are capable of swallowing without throwing up! And, I got the privilege of using the Best Salsa Ever in this recipe, made by Chris and generously donated to the TBMLS cause.
A delightful sandwich indeed! I’ve become a big fan of using salsa instead of tomato in sandwiches. Storebought tomatoes have too much of a tendency to not break apart as cleanly as I’d like, so unless I’ve got a big juicy slab of beefsteak straight from my non-existant garden, chances are that when I bite into that sandwich, half the tomato’s gonna come out with that bite. Salsa also has Bonus Kick, for those of us who are fans of flavor. And do I even need to mention the fact that any MLS-themed sandwich needs a bit of a kick to it?
I was looking forward to more TBMLSs after this initial round, but alas, rarely do sandwich ingredients last that long. The turkey went first – I compulsively eat deli meat, so I knew that wasn’t gonna stick around. And the salsa ultimately got sacrificed to the Taco Gods, as is the way of salsa. Bizarrely enough, the bacon lasted the longest. Albeit, when it’s just me versus a pound of bacon, sometimes the bacon wins!