Immabout to fangirl real quick.
So, in my head, Chrissy Teigen is my best friend. (Per is my real best friend, but only b/c I haven't met Chrissy yet.) I always contend that my favorite kind of person is a funny girl, and my ideal friend is someone that can truly hang when it comes to food. Chrissy is all of this and so much more to love—at least for me b/c we're pretty much sisters from other misters. She's from the PNW. She always delivers acerbically witty clapbacks to internet trolls. We're both loyal Bravo hags. We both have family from the Isan region of Thailand, a fun fact that prompted my mom to say No wonder she's so nice and down to earth! (Mom likes any Asian celebrity/ will tune in all the TVs in the house to Fresh Off the Boat to keep the ratings and representation alive. Dunno if that's how ratings work tho.) Both our families owned restaurants. AND Chrissy is a best-selling cookbook author!
If you somehow don't have it already, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Cravings. The food in Cravings is playful and approachable, just like Chrissy! No shade, a lot of the dishes are like elevated stoner, boy food that someone's teenage nephew brought to a cookout but prepared it in the best way possible i.e. Hawaiian pizza jalapeno poppers and french toast casserole with salted frosted flakes. There are some more sophisticated dishes like lemony arugula cacio e pepe. She also put some Thai recipes in there a la pork-stuffed cucumber soup and papaya salad. Each recipe has a funny backstory, and they are interspersed with cute photos of her fam and evil photos of her looking bomb as all hell. Like, did you really need to serve me those wings in a swimsuit with a full beat of make-up on?? Of course you did. Please and thank you, Chrissy.
Since Per and Chrissy have the exact same taste in food, I let Per pick out a recipe from Cravings for me to make for him. He picked the most non-recipe recipe in the book. The guy just wants a sandwich. So I bring you Chrissy Teigen's King's Hawaiian BLPTs, BLTs made with grilled pineapple and Hawaiian sweet bread. It's super simple, but a perfect combo of ingredients that just make sense together. These sammies are practically effortless flavor bombs. Highly recommend. Chrissy did us good.
King's Hawaiian BLPT
from Chrissy Teigen's Cravings
2 slices cored fresh pineapple
8 King's Hawaiian slider rolls, split
mayo (as much as you'd like)
4 lettuce leaves, cut to fit sandwiches
1 large vine-ripened tomato, cut into 8 slices
8 slices of bacon, cooked and halved crosswise*
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced into rings
Position a rack 4 to 6 inches from the heating element and preheat the broiler.
Arrange the pineapple slices on a baking sheet and broil until browned on both sides. Let cool slightly, then quarter them. (You can also grill the pineapple on a hot grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.) Leave the broiler on.
Spread the rolls with butter and arrange on another baking sheet. Broil them until deeply golden, 1 to 2 minutes.
Spread mayo on the rolls, then layer the lettuce, tomato, bacon, onions, and a pineapple wedge on the roll bottoms. Top with the other half of the rolls.
*Chrissy's preferred method for cooking bacon: Preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the bacon out on a rimmed baking sheet so the slices don't overlap. Roast until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes.