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Ultimate BLT

The ultimate bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich

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 very easy to make you own ultimate BLT, which you can fill to suit your own likes.

bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich

We often make these sandwiches ourselves when we are going on a road trip, rather than buying a pre-packed one where you are never sure whose hands have put them together. It is always cheaper and it means you know where all the ingredients have come from. You can also tailor your sandwich to meet your own preferences – more mayo, more bacon, thick slices, thin slices 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

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. If you slice the tomato nice and thin this also helps the process as thick-cut are wetter.

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 in the sandwich. So you do not want to use thick cut back bacon which will just have you chewing away. Some nice thin streaky bacon should do the trick, and I like to fry it in the pan as for my kitchen there is 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 in the fridge just to cool it down before assembling the sandwich.

Best Bread for BLT

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.

blt sandwiches

A good crusty sourdough loaf would probably be fantastic, but I have not used that for these pictures. We have used a simple healthy multigrain loaf from Aldi which gave us a great BLT.

extreme blt recipe
Many people toast their bread in a BLT, sometimes using the bacon fat to soak into the bread. Don’t do it, it is not healthy and will clog your arteries. If you want to toast it be my guest, but here I wanted to appreciate the softness of the bread and the crispness of the bacon and lettuce when I dug in.

gourmet blt sandwiches

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

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 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread (white or brown)
  • 4 slices of streaky bacon
  • 1 tomato
  • Some fresh washed lettuce.
  • 1 tbsp Hellman’s Real mayonnaise

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 cool it down in the fridge.
    2. Slice the tomato thinly. Spread both slices of bread with mayo. Place the lettuce, tomato and bacon on top of one of the slices of bread, in that order.
    3. Close the sandwich and slice before eating.

Notes

Good to take on a picnic or road trip if you can keep it cool. Some people like to toast the bread in a BLT, but I prefer with fresh untoasted bread. But you can make it as you prefer.

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