A BLT is a type of sandwich, named for the initials of its primary ingredients, bacon, lettuce and tomato. It can be made with different dishes according to personal preference.
Simple variations include using a variety of lettuce, toasted or not, or adding mayonnaise.
This is a simple sandwich my friends. There are only a few ingredients, and when you’re making something with very few ingredients the rule is that all those ingredients have to be great.
For the perfect BLT I recommend Hearty White Bread. Some say it is too frivolous; All you need is a hearty French bread or Italian bread to hold that juicy tomato.
The crusts are very flaky. You want a nice and soft edge that is easy to cut.
Mayonnaise is, by a long shot, God’s greatest gift to the condiment kingdom. It’s the perfect seal for so many sandwiches: creamy and smooth and totally tart. A good BLT is no exception.
Here are some other options. But be careful, most of them contain mayonnaise. It only gets better for you guys.
The lettuce you choose is directly related to how much crunch you like. It’s green enough to make you feel healthy but not so crunchy.
Tomatoes are arguably the most important element of the BLT, mostly because there are so many ways it can go wrong! Have you ever eaten one of those tomatoes that are mostly pink instead of red?
Tomato brings out the flavor. If you don’t have access to great tomatoes, my advice is to wait until summer or grow your own if you can. Desi Tomatoes are out of this world!
But really, any type of tomato will work as long as it’s fully ripe. It should be bright red and ridiculously juicy.
For the best BLTs when it comes to tomatoes I suggest cutting the tomatoes to about 3/8 inch thick (not quite 1/2 inch, but more than 1/4 inch) and slicing your slices for a couple of minutes. Keep on paper towel. ,
They’ll absorb some of the juice from your tomatoes and make them a little more manageable on your sandwich.
Another important thing to remember: You must add salt and pepper to your tomatoes before closing the sandwich. It’s a must! What is a tomato without a little salt and pepper.
1.Start by frying your bacon. I highly recommend baking your bacon! The clean up is so much easier. Click here to learn How to Bake Bacon.
When the bacon is crispy (but not TOO crispy!) take it out and remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Tear each slice of bacon in half so there are 8 strips. Keep warm until ready to assemble.
2.While the bacon is cooking, prepare your bread. Spread both sides of your bread with butter. Place in a skillet over medium heat and toast lightly, it will only take a couple minutes.
Flip each piece of bread and toast the other side. Don’t overdo it! You only want a light browning. (Alternatively, you can toast your bread lightly in a toaster and then spread each side with butter). Set aside.
3.Wash and dry your green leaf lettuce. Slice your tomato into slices that are about 3/8 inch thick. Place the tomatoes on a paper towel-lined plate so absorb some of the water.
4.Cut your avocado in half, then slice one half into strips.
5.Assemble your sandwich: Spread about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise* on your toasted bread.
Top with lettuce fronds. Next add 2 tomato slices that have been sitting on a paper towel for at least a few minutes. Sprinkle your tomatoes with salt and pepper.
6.Add all the bacon. You should have 8 half-strips of bacon. Pile ’em on!
7.Top the bacon with avocado strips. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper, if you like.
8.Spread the other piece of toasted bread with mayonnaise or whatever sauce you are using. Top the sandwich and gently press down.
Use a sharp serrated knife to slice the sandwich in half. This recipe makes 1 amazing sandwich. Eat right away!
Some essentials: Homemade whole wheat bread, toast; bacon fried crisps (awkward bacon for those of you on the other side of the pond);
Tomatoes fresh from the garden, roughly chopped; bibb salad; and mayonnaise.
How should you layer the BLT?
To assemble, spread a thin layer of lemon mayonnaise over the ungreased edges of the bread, then layer the tomatoes, bacon, and lettuce and top with the remaining slices of bread. Cut the sandwich in half or into triangles and serve.
Do you use mayo or miracle whip for BLTS?
One opposing opinion holds that the BLT requires a miracle whip. Miracle Whip has one major drawback: It tends to be a bit sweet, thanks to the addition of both sugar and corn syrup.
Above all, slather on the mayo liberally. Mayo is to be spread on both the top and bottom slices of bread.