Star Party Sandwiches – Cream Cheese, BLT with Basil

These "California" sandwiches are great to feed a crowd with tomato, basil, bacon, avocado, French bread, and cream cheese.
Star Party Sandwiches
Star Party Sandwiches

Star Party Sandwich

These sandwiches with cream cheese, bacon, tomato, basil, and avocado are wonderful for a picnic lunch or to feed a crowd. They are tasty and easy to make. You can even prep them the night before.

Star Party Sandwiches to celebrate the red moon

Red Moon

Since making these for picnics, they were also featured at my son Spane’s school’s Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.  The teachers actually asked for my Star Party Sandwiches by name.

What at Star Party Sandwiches?

The sandwiches are called Star Party Sandwiches from the time I made them for a Star Party. Star Parties occur every month on the lawn of the Griffith Observatory. No, I don’t think there were any celebrities there, just amateur astronomers with their telescopes on the lawn at the Griffith Park Observatory letting the public have a chance to see the rings of Saturn, and the moon up close and personal. If you have not been to the Griffith Observatory, I highly recommend it.  Due to COVID-19, you should check with the Observatory before making plans to visit.  But – still, make the sandwiches.

The first time we went to a Star Party, it was my son Spane’s 6th birthday, and my blog post, Happy Sixth Birthday Spane has recipes and pictures. The great thing about that visit was the big red moon. He happened to be born at a red moon, too. One time, the surprise was being able to see Saturn, with its rings. You have never had your heart quicken more than seeing Saturn’s rings, right before your eyes. Those Public Star Parties at Griffith Park Observatory are just the best fun.

It’s great fun for everyone to have a picnic in Griffith Park and then go to the Observatory. There is no better picnic sandwich than my modified BLT, Star Party Sandwiches. If your kids don’t like basil, you can omit it and just make cream cheese, bacon, lettuce, and mayonnaise on French bread.

 

Star Party Sandwiches

Star Party Submarine Sandwiches

These "California" sandwiches are great to feed a crowd with tomato, basil, bacon, avocado, French bread, and cream cheese.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-06-30
Servings (slide to adjust): 12 servings
Calories: 479kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread, Unsliced (Important)
  • 1 lb bacon, thick is preferred
  • 1 tomato, large and ripe
  • 1 Avocado, ripe
  • 1 bunch Basil Leaves, Fresh Sweet
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, Best Foods/Hellman’s preferred
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, at room temperature - Philadelphia preferred

Instructions

  • Mise En Place
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • Put foil on a half sheet pan. Put a cooling rack on the foil. Place the bacon slice by slice on the rack. Place in a cold oven and turn the heat up to 350. Check the bacon at 10 minutes, and it should be done in about 15. Remove from the oven, and place the bacon on paper towels to absorb grease. Set aside.
  • Set aside enough basil leaves to cover one side of the bread. You will be putting these on top of the tomato.
  • With a good serrated knife, slice the bread crosswise to have a top and bottom.
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • Put the remaining basil leaves in a small food processor with the mayonnaise. Process until all the basil and mayonnaise have mixed together. It's best if the mayonnaise mixture is pale green, but you may be flecks of basil. Set aside.
  • Slice the tomato into relatively thick slices, about a quarter of an inch. Set aside.
  • Peel and remove the seed from the avocado, then slice it as well. Set aside.
  • Take the cream cheese out of the box, and gently knead it still in its wrapper. Set it aside.
  • Spread half of the mayonnaise mixture on one half of the bread.
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • On one of the sides of the bread, put the bacon strips, avocado slices and top with the sliced tomato.
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • Cut one end of the wrapper of the cream cheese. Slowly and carefully, from the bottom, squeeze the cream cheese over the sandwich, spread it slightly with a knife so it goes from end to end.
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • Put the remaining basil leaves on top of the cream cheese
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • Place the remaining mayonnaise mixture on the other piece of bread, and put that bread on top to close the sandwich.
  • You can slice the sandwiches for serving or wrap them for later.
    Star Party Sandwiches
  • To wrap for taking elsewhere, get a large roll of cellophane wrap and wrap the sandwich well in it, then cut it into sandwiches, and wrap each sandwich separately. Wrapping submarine sandwich in plastic first will help keep it together when you want to cut it into individual sandwiches.

Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Star Party Submarine Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (170 g)
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 603mg26%
Potassium 452mg13%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Star Party Sandwiches - Cream Cheese, BLT with Basil

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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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