Ultimate BLT

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The ultimate bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich

Almost everyone has at some time had a BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich. They are often available pre-packed in gas stations and supermarkets in the British Isles.

But it is so very easy to make your own ultimate BLT, which you can fill to suit your own preferences. This post will show you how to make a delicious ultimate BLT sandwich.

bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich
A basic BLT with soft wholemeal bread

We often make these sandwiches ourselves when we are going on a road trip, rather than buying a pre-packed one (when you are never sure whose hands have put them together).

BLT sub
BLT in a baguette

It is always cheaper and it means you know where all the ingredients have come from and how fresh they are.

ultimate BLT
Nice crispy bacon in a BLT sub

You can also tailor your sandwich to meet your own preferences – more mayo, more bacon, thick slices, thin slices,  baguette, white bread, brown bread, toasted bread etc, so you know it will be perfect.

Tomato in a sandwich

One thing about tomatoes is that they are quite wet and can easily make a sandwich a bit soggy if used incorrectly.

If I am making a sandwich for a packed lunch I will normally only add the tomato just before I am about to eat it to stop this happening.

blt sandwich
Sandwich your tomatoes between lettuce and bacon!

 

But the beauty of the BLT is that you can literally sandwich the tomato between the lettuce and the bacon to prevent the bread getting soggy.

Or you can toast the bread before you assemble it, and turn it into a triple-decker.

triple decker BLT
Triple decker BLT

If you slice the tomato nice and thin this also helps the process as thick-cut tomatoes are wetter. And of course the more mayo you use, the better!

Cooking the bacon

There are many ways to cook bacon, but what you really want is to produce some lovely thin crispy bacon that will fall to pieces and crumble in the sandwich.

BLT baguette

 

So you do not want to use thick-cut back bacon which will just have you chewing away. I like to use really thin American style bacon with a hint of Maple, if you can get it.

 

BLT
Ultimate sourdough BLT

Some nice thin streaky bacon should do the trick, and I like to fry it in the skillet as for my kitchen there is then less mess to clean up.

But you can grill, bake, or microwave if that works better for you.

frying bacon

 

After cooking it I put it on some kitchen paper to drain away any oil or bacon grease before assembling the sandwich.

Best Bread for BLT? What is your ultimate BLT favourite?

Well really there are so many types of bread out there you could use, and I would not dare to say there is any particular one that is better. They all give a different sandwich. 

 

blt sandwiches

A good crusty toasted sourdough loaf also works really well, as you can see from these pictures below:

sourdough BLT

 

Many people toast their bread in a BLT, sometimes using the bacon fat to soak into the bread. I would not recommend the latter – it is not very healthy and will clog your arteries. This bread has just been toasted in the toaster.

 

sourdough triple decker BLT

 

Here below I used a simple healthy multigrain loaf from Aldi which gave us a great basic BLT.

extreme blt recipe
Ultimate BLT

 

This untoasted bread lets you appreciate the softness of the bread and the crispness of the bacon and lettuce when you dig in.

 

gourmet blt sandwiches

Or of course, you can make a submarine BLT using a long roll of some sort. We like to use a fresh French baguette:

submarine BLT

 

Really it is up to you. The big secret is, of course, lots of mayo!!

And as for the lettuce, well again there are so many types to choose from. I used an Irish Butterhead and an Iceberg lettuce in these photos. All worked fine.

If you are feeling very adventurous, you could always add a fried egg to make a BELT sandwich! (Bacon, egg, lettuce and tomato). The wife loved it!

I hope you have fun inventing your own ultimate BLT. I had to stop during editing of this post to go and make one. Believe me, it is worth it!

Let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make the Ultimate BLT sandwich

Ultimate BLT

Ultimate BLT

This classic bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich recipe is always going to be better than buying one in a shop. Cheaper, tastier and bespoke to your preferences

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 or 3 slices of bread (white or brown, or a baguette)
  • 4-6 slices of streaky bacon (as thin as possible, with a hit of maple if possible)
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • Some freshly washed lettuce.
  • 1 tbsp Hellman’s Real mayonnaise (at least!)

Instructions

    1. Cook the bacon in your preferred manner until crispy (fry, grill, microwave, or oven). I prefer to fry as it makes less mess and the fat gets nicely rendered. Then let it dry on some kitchen paper.
    2. Slice the tomato thinly. If you wish, toast the bread. Spread both slices of bread with mayo. (If making a triple-decker, then spread three slices). Stack the lettuce, tomato and bacon and bread to suit.
    3. Close the sandwich and slice before eating.

Notes

Good to take on a picnic or road trip if you can keep it cool. Toast the bread if you prefer.

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