The BLT Sandwich – Bacon Lettuce and Tomato

Lately I have been craving a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. I think probably that is due because of the freshly picked tomatoes that have stared at me every day, asking me ‘What are you going to do with me?’.

Growing up, the BLT was always around. Typically, plain old white bread, toasted, served with a bit of mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, and tomato, or heck, in my case Bacon and lettuce sandwich as I did not begin to really enjoy tomatoes until I was in my late twenties. Simple, and delicious. Not only is the BLT easy to make, but there is a satisfaction in every bite. There is something very comforting about the sandwich, probably because there is bacon on the sandwich, but I think there is more to it. So recently, I decided to take my tomato, and pair it with some great lettuce and some slow cooked bacon to make what I think, or should I say, what my wife thinks could be the best BLT sandwich she has ever had, and I think I agree with that.

LT Sandwich with Lemon Basil Mayonnaise Recipe
Ingredients: (Makes 2 sandwiches)

  • 6 slices of good bacon
  • 4 thick slices of cheese bread
  • 4 leaves of Boston lettuce (often referred to as Bibb, or Butterhead)
  • 1 large tomato, preferably from your garden, thick sliced, preferably 2 slices per sandwich
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • Salt and Pepper

Begin by heating  a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add the bacon to the skillet, and sprinkle a bit of cracked pepper onto each slice of bacon. While this is cooking (roughly 15-20 minutes), make your lemon basil mayonnaise. To a small bowl add the mayonnaise, lemon zest, and chopped basil. Mix, and set in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare your sandwiches. Next, clean your lettuce, and make sure you dry it really well. Slice your tomatoes to your desired thickness. Turn your bacon, and continue to cook on the other side. I tend to cook my bacon, just until both sides are cooked through, but not too crisp, nor too fatty. Once the bacon is cooked, remove and place on a plate lined with paper towel to let any fat drain.

Now it is time to toast the bread. I use a cheese bread not only because of the great flavor, but the cheese melts a bit when you toast it, and adds a really great texture. Spread the butter onto the slices of bread, only on one side. Toast these on another skillet until a nice, golden brown. The time we have been waiting for, the time to prepare and serve.

Take your toasted bread, using the toasted side as the outside of your sandwich, and smear about a tablespoon of the lemon basil mayonnaise onto the bread. Cut the bacon in half and layer the bottom of the bread with six slices of bacon. Top the bacon with lettuce, then tomato. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on top of the tomatoes. Take another piece of bacon and place on top of the tomatoes. To the remaining slice of bread, smear another tablespoon of the mayonnaise on to it, and place on the top, finalizing your BLT.

This BLT is something else. The flavor of the lemon basil mayonnaise is enough to rock your world, but the smokiness of the bacon, the buttery flavor of the lettuce, and the freshness from your garden, all on this cheese bread. Enough said. Make it and I can probably guarantee this might be one of your top ten sandwiches.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

6 thoughts to “The BLT Sandwich – Bacon Lettuce and Tomato”

  1. Love blts. I never have white bread in the house anymore though, so the old classic I grew up on has taken a bit of a turn. I bet some nice cheese bread would be just great. Good idea.

  2. Hey there Dax…we had the BLT for breakfast this morning…that cheese bread sounds great…and the way you prepared it…we bagel toasted a split onion mustard roll…you sure give me a lot to think about…in the 50’s I worked at WOKY in Milwaukee…

  3. The picture of the sandwich came out great. Would you have the nutritional info for this, although one does not normally eat a BLT to stay slim! Thank you.

  4. Now if you really want to run up the calories try putting in some brown sugar when frying up the bacon!!!!!!!!!!!! You won’t stop eating it.

    Michelle Rae

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