For us, the cornerstone of making a sandwich is knowing how to make a BLT. A BLT is basic, easy to make, and it should be something that you can whip up in your kitchen anytime you’re craving a good sandwich. BLTs are great as a quick snack or a light meal, and you’ve probably got everything you need to make one in your pantry and fridge right now.
Biting into a perfectly constructed BLT sandwich will give you THE perfect bite because you get a little bit of everything! In each bite, you’ll get a bit of bread, a bit of veggie, a bit of meat, and spread, so you’ve got all the flavors and textures you could want in a sandwich.
However, as with any other “simple” dish, there’s actually an art when it comes to making the perfect BLT.
So, butter your bread and griddle your bacon because we’re about to teach you how to make a BLT that will ruin every other BLT out there for you!
What does BLT stand for?
Let’s get this out of the way: BLT stands for the most important ingredients in this sandwich: bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Since these ingredients are literally the namesake of the sandwich, you know that you should pick high-quality ingredients to come up with a great sandwich.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put the same amount of care and thought into picking out the other ingredients of this sandwich, particularly the bread and the spread that you’re going to use.
How do you layer a BLT sandwich?
To get that perfect texture and bite from your BLT, you should know how to layer the sandwich properly. You can’t just throw on the ingredients willy-nilly!
We love layering the sandwich like this:
First, begin with a thick slice of your bread. Add some of your preferred spread on the surface of the bread.
Next, add two pieces of lettuce.
Next, a single layer of cooked, almost-crispy bacon. We put around 3-4 pieces of bacon per sandwich. Make sure that the bacon is placed side-by-side and that they don’t overlap with each other.
Next, a layer of sliced tomatoes. Make sure that the tomatoes cover as much surface of the sandwich as possible. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on top of the tomatoes.
Finally, add two more pieces of lettuce on top of the tomatoes. We love the fresh crunch of the lettuce, so we add four pieces per sandwich. The lettuce also acts as a barrier to prevent the bread from becoming soggy even if you store the sandwich to eat later.
Crown that baby with a second piece of bread, and you’re good to go!
What is the best tomato for a BLT?
For BLTs, you want to use tomatoes that are thick, juicy, and firm. We love using either beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes because they hold up well in a BLT sandwich. What’s more, these tomato varieties don’t “leak” too much when you cut into them, so you’ll be getting the tomato juices when you bite into the sandwich!
What is an heirloom tomato?
When you hear the word “heirloom”, you probably think of those antiques that are passed down in a family through the generations. Well, this is kind of the same idea behind heirloom tomatoes.
For heirloom tomatoes, it is actually the seeds of the tomatoes that are “passed down”. After the tomatoes are harvested, farmers would save the seeds from mature tomatoes and use these seeds to plant tomatoes for the next harvest.
What kind of tomatoes can I substitute for heirloom tomatoes?
There are some places where you might find it difficult to find heirloom tomatoes. If you can’t find them, you can use other substitutes such as the aforementioned beefsteak tomatoes or hothouse tomatoes.
What to serve with a BLT?
Do you know how to make the perfect BLT just a little bit more perfect? Find the perfect sides! You want sides that are crunchy so that you will have a textural contrast. You also want sides that are either sweet or savory to compliment the sweet and savory taste of your BLT. Of course, the quintessential side to a BLT is a plate of potato chips!
How know when an avocado is ripe?
When it comes to avocados, there is a small window to getting that perfectly ripe fruit. Ripe avocados are dark green, and will have a little bit of give when you squeeze the fruit in your hands.
What is Bibb lettuce?
A Bibb lettuce is a smaller variety of butterhead lettuce. They have large leaves that are thick yet soft, making them perfect for use in sandwiches.
Is Bibb lettuce and butter lettuce the same?
Yes, Bibb lettuce and butter lettuce are the same.
They are called butter lettuce because they have a “melt in your mouth” consistency like butter, but they are also called Bibb lettuce because the variety was developed by a man called John Bibb.
What can I substitute for Bibb lettuce?
If you don’t have Bibb lettuce, you can use other varieties such as Boston lettuce (another variety of butter lettuce but with larger leaves), Iceberg lettuce, or Romaine lettuce which are firmer and crisper compared to Bibb lettuce.
Our CookingChew Cooking Tips
1. Toast your bread!
Always, always toast your bread when you’re making a sandwich. Not only do you get that chewy texture and delicious toasted flavor, toasting the bread will also prevent the spread from getting absorbed into the bread and making it soggy.
Nothing ruins a BLT faster than soggy bread that’s falling apart.
2. Get your bread freshly baked, if possible.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a bakery, get your bread fresh! Fresh bread will ALWAYS taste better compared to store-bought bread. Get your baker to cut your bread to around ½-inch thick so that it’s sturdy enough to hold in all your ingredients.
3. Don’t skip the spread
Always use a spread when making a BLT. A fatty, oil-based spread will keep your sandwich moist and it brings out the toasted flavors of your bread even more.
4. Thick-cut bacon works best for this recipe
For this recipe, the best type of bacon to use is thick-cut bacon. This type of bacon will hold up better against all the other ingredients, and you’ll still be able to taste that smoky, salty taste that you love so much!
Easy and Delicious BLT Sandwich With a Twist
You probably already know how to make a good, basic BLT sandwich. That’s great and all, but what if you could tweak those ingredients just a little bit and make that good BLT sandwich into something that you’ll find yourself craving? With a few simple ingredient swaps, you can create a BLT sandwich that you’ll bring to the office and look forward to chowing down on when your break comes around!
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 2 T. melted butter
- 8 leaves Boston Bibb lettuce
- 2 medium heirloom tomatoes (red and yellow if you can find them)
- 6 slices of cooked bacon (not too crispy)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Homemade Avocado Spread
- Heat a grill pan on your stovetop on medium heat.
- Brush melted butter on one side of each piece of bread.
- Once grill pan has heated up, place bread, buttered side down, on the grill pan.
- Apply light pressure on the bread with a spatula, taking care not to move the bread. Toast until grill marks form on bread surface, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Repeat until all pieces of bread have been toasted on one side.
- Allow bread to cool slightly.
- Place avocado spread on two pieces of bread, on the non-grilled side.
- Top with lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce, IN THAT ORDER.
- Add a second piece of bread, grilled side up.
- Serve with your preferred sides and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 800Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1606mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 11gSugar: 10gProtein: 29g
Cook Your Bacon in the Oven!
Cook your bacon in the oven to help cook it without making it too crispy. You can also put a weight on top to prevent the bacon from shrinking while cooking.
Cut That Baby into Triangles
Before serving, cut your BLT into triangles. They look good and they taste better. Why? We don’t really know; they just do!
This delicious BLT recipe is a departure from your basic and somewhat boring BLT sandwich. After you try it, you’ll never want to go back to your BLT with plan mayo and soft white bread again!