The best BLT sandwich. Classic BLT with toasted golden bread, crispy bacon and juicy tomatoes. Plus a substitute for mayonnaise you might not have thought of.
Chances are you already know what a BLT is, and if you don’t, I’m here to help. Obviously you’ve clicked on this recipe post to learn something or maybe just to see how someone else makes their BLT sandwich.
Either way I’m going to spell out exactly how we make our classic BLT’s to get that golden bread. And why the kind of bacon you use, really does make a difference.
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The classic BLT can be as simple or complicated as you’d like. You can either use ingredients you have on hand, such as the type of bread you use. Or plan it out with special bread, different bacon and farm fresh tomatoes.
BLT stands for bacon, lettuce and tomato. That’s it. Those are your main ingredients. Now that we have that settled, let’s move on to bread.
Of course you can use whatever bread you have on hand. But if I’m planning the weekly menu and know BLT will be a weekend lunch, I’m buying different bread. We like Sara Lee Artesano bread. This white bread is light and flavorful.
This is a BLT…. we don’t need oat this or nuts that. (and this is coming from a mom who makes pb&j’s with the oats this and nuts that bread)
THE BACON MATTERS
I’ve been buying the same type of bacon for a long time now. Bacon is bacon right? It all taste the same.
No… no it doesn’t. And I had to be reminded of that. Recently our normal bacon was out of stock. Since I meal prep my husbands breakfasts we needed bacon! We bought something else that wasn’t the cheapest but certainly wasn’t the most expensive either.
After making 3 days worth of breakfasts I couldn’t hold out and crunched on a bit of delicious smelling bacon. It didn’t taste like anything! I decided I must be wrong and brought a bit out to my husband who was mowing the lawn.
His response “why doesn’t this bacon taste like bacon?”
Next I tried my oldest daughter “it only tastes crispy.”
The verdict was in. I wasn’t crazy and that bacon was nothing. Not good, not bad. It literally didn’t have a taste.
Do the sandwich a favor and buy a good quality bacon.
The two winning bacons in this house are Hormel Natural Choice or Oscar Mayer Natural bacon.
BREAD TOASTED VS NON TOASTED
Obviously the bread needs to be toasted, but the how is equally important. Sure you can just get the toaster out and call it a day. But we meal planned this sandwich, remember?
Heat up a pan and toast the bread on the stove. But instead of using butter, use mayonnaise and toast mayo side down. Only toast one side of the bread. The mayonnaise gives it a rich flavor without being to oily.
WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF MAYO FOR MY BLT
Now that the bread is toasted on one side, we need to lightly Mayonnaise the other side. But if for some reason you need a mayo substitute try using a bit of ranch dressing.
LETTUCE AND TOMATO PLACEMENT
Oh you don’t think that matters? Of course it does! If the tomato is next to the bread it’ll get soggy. But if you put a fresh piece of lettuce on both pieces of bread, you can then put the tomatoes and bacon in the middle. Exactly where they belong.
But your photo only shows one piece of lettuce?
I know… it’s only because I put a slice of cheese next to my bacon. Shhhhh… Don’t tell anyone. I’m pretty sure that breaks all the rules of a perfect BLT.
But I’m an adult and weighed all of my options before waving cheese around. And I didn’t just take those mouth watering photos. I ate that entire BLT sandwich too! Yum.
Now slice that bad boy diagonal and put it on a plate with cape cod potato chips and a dill pickle.
A BLT sandwich is classic, but if you’re looking to make it a bit different, try toasting it in a pan with Mayonnaise instead of butter. And remember that the bacon you choose really does make a difference. Using a higher quality bacon might be exactly what your perfect BLT sandwich really needs.
BLT Sandwich | Classic Recipe
- 8 Slices quality bacon
- 4 Slices Sara Lee Artesano bread
- 2 TBS Mayonnaise
- 4 Pieces lettuce
- 1 Tomato
- Preheat oven to 425 and line a cookie sheet with foil. Lay out your bacon and bake for 15-18 minutes. Until fully cooked and crispy.
- While the bacon cooks, heat up a skillet over medium high heat. Coat one side of each slice of bread with Mayo and toast Mayo side down until golden brown.
- Take out of pan and lightly Mayo the other side.
- Rinse and dry your lettuce and tomato.
- Lay the lettuce on each slice of bread.
- Top with two slices of tomato.
- When bacon is done, take out of oven and place on a paper towel over a plate. Dab off any extra grease.
- Add to sandwich and slice diagonally.
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