Classic Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (BLT)

  • Bacon: 3 to 6 strips per sandwich depending on the size of bacon and sandwich
  • Lettuce: Iceberg is “classic” and probably the only time you’ll see it in one of my recipes. Other lettuces or spinach would work as well–but I like the crunch and nutritional insignificance of iceberg on a BLT. 🙂
  • Tomato: about one small one per sandwich–get the freshest ones you can
  • Mayonnaise: I like Kraft Real Mayo, but Hellmann’s/Best Foods or Duke’s are excellent as well)
  • Sliced bread: Classic would be plain ole white bread, but I rarely buy that. A nice whole-grain variety is what I’ve used here.
  • Salt & Pepper

To my North American readers, a BLT recipe might seem a little silly–it kinda does to me too. But I have readers all over the world (can you believe that Pakistan is my third largest referring country after the US & Canada?!) and I especially think my Thai readers should try this one. To any Thai readers, you gotta use CP Brand bacon for this–it’s the best!

Also, since fresh summer tomatoes have been coming in here lately, it’s the perfect time for BLTs and maybe this will remind a North American who hasn’t had one in a while to make some. On to the recipe.

Cook the bacon (pan fry, oven bake, deep fry, even microwave in a pinch), rip off some lettuce, slice the tomatoes and toast the bread. Lightly salt and pepper the tomato slices–adjust salt depending on the saltiness of the bacon.

To assemble, spread mayonnaise on BOTH slices of toast–I never said this was a low fat sandwich! On one slice of toast, lay down your bacon, top with tomato, lettuce and then the other slice of toast. That’s pretty much it. A nice addition to a BLT is fresh avocado. I like to eat mine with kosher dill pickles and some of my mom’s Pennsylvania Dutch potato salad–but that’s another recipe, which can be found right here: Mom’s Potato Salad.


About Joe Graff

President and co-owner of DC based design studio, icon werx, inc. Lived in Thailand for 8+ years (2003-2011). Rheumatoid arthritis and triple joint replacement patient.
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7 Responses to Classic Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (BLT)

  1. flyfishbrat says:

    Oh Joseph, I was thinking the same way your were. Last night we had BLT’s but with spinach instead of lettuce…just can’t bring myself to use iceberg since it lacks nutrition of any kind, but I was thinking to myself “what a beautifully delicious sandwich of summer”. Glad you posted the recipe, I never thought about readers that are not American. This classic sandwich will become a favorite of there’s, I’m sure of it.

    • I hear you on the lettuce. You did catch the “but I like the crunch and nutritional insignificance of iceberg on a BLT.” The worst part is that I’ve made sandwiches twice and will end up throwing out the rest of the head of iceberg away. I think we agree on greens and especially spinach (I always have spinach on hand) but I make an exception for BLTs about once a year…

      • flyfishbrat says:

        Yes I did catch you nutritional insignificance of iceberg comment. It made me laugh, I had to share your words with Mark and I am always toting that fact. Can’t wait to read responses to your blog from those that are not American, I bet they will love this sandwich.

    • Well, I hope some of my Thai friends will post here–but I doubt it. I only have five proper followers through WordPress. Though I know many of my friends check out my blog, they just don’t follow or post (even my Mom isn’t following–d’oh!). BTW, Terri, do you have site stats turned on for your blog? If not, you should consider it. They are a part of the “Jetpack” plug-in. It’s really neat to see what recipes get the most traffic (for me it’s my kebob koobideh) and what countries they are from (for me, #1 is USA, #2 is Canada and #3 is Pakistan!).

      • flyfishbrat says:

        Hi Joseph, well I know nothing about plug-ins, but there is a status update on my site stats that shows me countries, and recipes that are being viewed and how many followers I have and where they come from. That might be what your asking…but again I am terrible at this whole social networking thingy….but hey I can cook you meal pretty darn easily.

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