Ingredients
  • 12 slices smoky bacon
  • 1 pound shaved or very thinly sliced boneless rib eye (from your butcher)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt plus about 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pimentón (smoked sweet paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon each granulated garlic and granulated onion
  • Olive oil, vegetable or canola oil, for drizzling
  • Chipotle Tabasco or other hot sauce, to taste
  • 8 slices deli-cut Pepper Jack cheese
For the guacamole:
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 serrano or 1 large jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large or 3 small ripe but still firm avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
For the sandwiches:
  • Gem Romaine leaves
  • 8 hand-cut slices white bread (I use Amy’s bread), toasted
Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange bacon on a slotted pan or on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet. Bake to crispy, about 15 minutes.
 
Preheat a cast-iron griddle or skillet.

 
Toss shaved meat with salt, pepper, cumin, pimentón, granulated garlic and onion.
 
For the guac, combine the chilies and onion with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let stand a few minutes. Combine with tomatoes, avocados and lime juice. Mash to desired consistency.
 
Dress griddle with a drizzle of oil. Toss meat onto the griddle and cook, chopping as you would a Philly steak, for 3-4 minutes to crisp. Separate steak into 4 mounds and top each mound with some hot sauce and 2 slices of cheese.
 
Pile meat and melted cheese on toast and top with lettuce, 3 slices of bacon and a mound of guac. Set toast tops in place and cut in half to serve.


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