Servings: 6

2 1/2 Cups Fresh Basil leaves
1/2 Jar of Bellisari's Calabrian & Sweet Tomato Fennel Spread
1/4 Cup Butter, room temperature
12 Thick-Sliced Bacon Strips (about 1 pound)
12 1/2-Inch-Thick Slices Fresh Country-Style White Bread
2 Ripe Avocados, pitted, peeled, sliced
1 Red Onion, thinly sliced
6 Lettuce leaves

Mix basil, mayonnaise and butter in processor until basil is finely chopped and mixture is well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels; drain.

Spread half of mayo mixture over 1 side of 6 bread slices. Top each with a tablespoon of Bellisari's Calabrian & Sweet Tomato Fennel Spread. Top with avocado slices, bacon, onion and lettuce. Top with other slice of bread and serve.

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