How to Make the Perfect BLT


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Everything is better with bacon including our favorite ever BLT sandwich.

Made with bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes between two thick slices of toasted bread this sandwich is a hearty lunch option, a simple dinner and an all around favorite!

Close up of BLT on a cutting board

Why We Love this Sandwich

When running short on time or short on ideas this classic BLT sandwich is always a family favorite.

Made with layers of fresh and tasty ingredients, including lots of bacon, it is a go-to sandwich recipe in my house!

With just 15 minutes to make, it is the perfect last-minute lunch or dinner idea.

Overview of ingredients for BLT

BLT Ingredients

Part of what makes this sandwich so special is that there are really only a handful of ingredients: bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! No wonder it’s so popular!

BACON Thick cut crispy bacon is the perfect bacon for this recipe. Cook bacon in the oven is an easy no-mess way to make crispy bacon!

If you don’t have bacon, you can use sliced ham, Canadian bacon, pancetta, or turkey bacon. Each provides their own delicious flavor for this recipe!

LETTUCE Iceberg, bibb, romaine…whatever lettuce you have on hand will work great in this recipe. For the perfect amount in every bite, I love to thinly shred the lettuce before adding it to my sandwich.

TOMATOES It goes without saying that you must add tomatoes to have a true BLT, but any tomatoes will do! Tomatoes provide a lot of great flavor in this recipe, so choose nice juicy ripe ones!

Beefsteaks are great because you only need a few slices for a hearty sandwich. Roma tomatoes are firm and full of flavor.

BREAD Almost any bread is perfect for BLT’s but thick, dense bread like sourdough and rye add extra flavor. Just be sure to toast until golden brown!

Overhead of open BLT with lettuce & tomato on the side.

Other Delicious Additions

There’s a lot of variations to the BLT. Make a BALT by adding avocado or a BELT by serving with an egg in the middle! Or try these yummy variations.

Of course a thick slice of cheddar is favorite!

  • Spicy: Turn these into a great twist on jalapeno poppers and add in some cream cheese and sliced jalapenos, green chiles, horseradish, or spicy mustard.
  • Veggies: Slices of roasted veggies like eggplant and zucchini, coleslaw, onion, or sauerkraut.
  • Protein: Thin slices of ham, prosciutto, chicken (turn it into a club sandwich), or sliced cheese!

Chop up extra ingredients and set them aside! The flavors of a classic BLT and turn it into a BLT grilled cheese or a BLT pasta salad for a fun and delicious twist!

Close up of BLT cut in half, stacked on top of one another.

How to Make a Perfect BLT

This recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Prep: Shred lettuce, slice tomatoes, and fry or bake bacon.
  2. Toast: Toast bread and top with mayonnaise.
  3. Assemble: Top one slice of bread with bacon, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with the other slice of toasted bread.

Cut on the diagonal and serve immediately.

What to Serve With It

For side dishes, I recommend the following equally amazing dishes that are perfect to round out your BLT extravaganza!

Fresh Tomato Soup pairs perfectly with any recipe!

Try serving with a veggie plate and this delicious spicy dill dip! Or, how about some tasty, crispy zucchinni fries with chipotle mayo? Or this caesar pasta salad is the perfect complement to a BLT!

Delicious Sandwich Recipes

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BLT sandwich with a stick in it on a board
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Review Recipe

How to Make the Perfect BLT

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
This BLT recipe is quick, easy and full of flavor. Add avocado or egg for a fun twist!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread your favorite variety
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 tomatoes large, ripe
  • 4 leaves lettuce iceberg, bibb or romaine
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper

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Instructions

  • Wash lettuce, dry and cut into thin shreds. Slice tomatoes into thick slices.
  • Cook bacon until crisp, drain on paper towel and set aside.
  • Toast bread until lightly browned, butter if desired and set aside.
  • Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise.
  • Top with bacon, tomatoes and lettuce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut in half and serve.

Recipe Notes

To cook bacon in the oven, preheat oven to 400°F. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Put bacon the rack and bake 18-20 minutes or until crisp.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 816, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 66g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 1191mg, Potassium: 630mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1145IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 95mg, Iron: 3mg
Keyword BLT, BLT recipe, easy BLT sandwich, how to make a BLT
Close up of a prepared BLT Sandwich with a sandwich pick through it.
Top image - BLT ingredients. Bottom image - close up of a BLT sandwich cut in half and stacked.
Close up of a homemade BLT Sandwich.

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