Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches probably make my top 10 list of favorite things to eat. They are quick and easy to make, cheap, and very adaptable – as you will see below.
The trick to making a really good BLT, in my opinion, is to make sure that you use the highest quality ingredients possible. Use quality bread, tomatoes, and lettuce – and don’t skimp on the bacon. I prefer to bake the bacon instead of fry it for a BLT sandwich. This will yield bacon that is crisp but not greasy, and perfectly formed to lay flat on the sandwich.
It’s easy to feed a big group of people on a budget by making BLTs. All you need is a loaf of bread and toaster, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and a jar of mayonnaise. This is my family’s go-to summertime meal when we don’t want to heat up the house by cooking inside.
Don’t get me wrong – BLTs are great just the way they are. Stacked high with layers of crisp bacon, lettuce, juicy tomatoes and slathered with mayo. But eating the same sandwich all the time can get boring. Here are some ways to spice up the traditional BLT:
- Bacon, basil, and tomato (as seen in photo above)
- Bacon, arugula, and tomato
- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado
- Bacon, lettuce, and oil-packed sun dried tomatoes
- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and grilled chicken
- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and turkey
- Bacon, lettuce, tomato and smoked salmon
- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and fried egg
- Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese
In lieu of traditional mayonnaise, try one of the following sauces:
- Ranch dressing
- Chipotle mayonnaise
- Pesto mayonnaise
- Lemon aioli
- Horseradish sauce
Also, experiment with other types of bread (such as multi-grain, sourdough, foccacia or even a croissant) and different types of lettuce other than traditional iceberg (such as romaine or arugula). If you have other ideas, please share them below.
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