Are you looking for a fun way to serve individual, bite-sized BLT sandwiches at your next event? We have the cutest recipe for you!
This is our mini bacon, lettuce and tomato (BLT!) sandwich and not only is it adorable but it is also quite delicious.
These are perfect to serve at a party such as a Super Bowl Party or a tea party.
Yes, you can for sure host your own tea party.
Yes, they can be fun for dudes too.
To me, these are perfect for a game night.
Folks can grab one, put them on their plate with some chips or veggies and have a fantastic snack without needing a fork.
Not all gatherings have to be formal.
What sets this sandwich recipe apart from your average, everyday BLT is the tiny size, and the toasty baguette.
These are meant to be about the size of a 50-cent piece but still piled pretty high with bacon pieces, a barely-there front of lettuce and an itty-bitty tomato slice.
First, this is a small bite-size sandwich that is sure to make everyone smile.
Seriously, everyone that saw pictures of this recipe when I was making it responded with the same thing.
That is CUTE!
But beyond the cute factor this sandwich is also quite tasty.
You will brush the baguette slices with olive oil and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Then you toast those slices of joy in the oven.
About the baguette
How do you know which loaf is quality?
Pick up the loaf, bring it to your ear and give it a gentle squeeze; if it gives a nice crackle, it’s still a good loaf.
Try to cut the bread slices so that they are about 1/4″ thick.
You want them to be thin enough to make an easy to eat sandwich but thick enough to hold all that deliciousness together.
CookingChew Tip: When cutting bread like this, it is best to use a long serrated knife. If you don’t have a bread knife, a serrated steak knife will do. The serrated edge helps keep this kind of bread from tearing apart or crumbling.
Also, the longer that you toast the bread, the crisper it will be so keep that in mind.
If you don’t like your sandwiches to be super crunchy, only bake them for about three minutes.
Our goal here is toasty rather than break-your-teeth crunchy, and we did lose a couple of slices in that process as we tested this out, just FYI.
But we try, try again, and ended up with a nicely toasted teeny, tiny BLT baguette sandwich suitable for all dolls, stuffed animals, tiny humans and tall humans, too.
About the lettuce
The recipe calls for iceberg lettuce and it is delicious, crisp and sturdy for BLT sandwiches but if you don’t have it on hand, you can use any other type of lettuce.
Andi likes butter lettuce and I like arugula. BUT, neither of these are very sturdy for this kind of sandwich.
Leafy green or red lettuce has that pretty scalloped edge, which looks cool, so if you’re going for pure looks here, go for that instead.
We like to use what we have in the refrigerator.
We had a box of spring mix so I just used that.
No matter the kind of lettuce that you use, be sure to cut it into small enough pieces to fit your baguette slices.
Don’t combine the lettuce with the dressing until you are assembling and serving, since some lettuce is very delicate and will begin to wilt pretty quickly.
It is perfectly fine to use your kitchen shears (we love these so much, we have two pairs for when one set goes in the dishwasher) to get your lettuce the right size.
About the presentation
We didn’t use toothpicks for these because, well, it was just us and not throwing a fancy party or anything.
But toothpicks do help to hold together the guts of these sandwiches, and helps to keep them as individual servings rather than them getting knocked over by lots of hands going in to pick them up.
Tools you’ll need for the Mini BLT Baguette Sandwiches
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper (optional)
- Serrated knife
- Cutting board
- Conventional oven or toaster oven
- Frying pan or cast iron skillet
- Paper towel
- Toothpicks (optional)
- Serving dish
The bottom line
Bacon on a baguette is classier than just eating bacon with your fingers. But why not have both?
A mini BLT sandwich is a delicious appetizer to make for any party. Or in our case, for a Tuesday working happy hour.
- 1 fresh loaf of skinny French baguette
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (to coat baguette)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup mayo
- ½ lb bacon
- 1 cup trimmed iceberg lettuce leaves
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (for dressing)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar of your choice
- 1-2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced**
- Cut the bacon into thirds and cook on medium high until crisp. Remove with tongs to drain on paper towel. Set aside.
- Slice the baguette about 1/4" thick.
- Trim the lettuce so that it will nicely fit on your baguette slices.
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Coat slices of baguette on both sides with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until nicely toasted. No need to turn.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, lightly combine lettuce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice/vinegar, salt and pepper
- Once out of the oven, spread a thin layer of mayo on each slice.
- Place a small handful of lettuce on half of the baguette slices.
- Then put a slice of roma tomato on top of the lettuce.
- Crumble then place 3 pieces of bacon on top of that and put the sandwich halves together. Secure with a toothpick through the center of each, if desired.
- Serve and enjoy.
We used a spring mix instead of iceberg lettuce on ours. As a result we used only one teaspoon of olive oil in our lettuce mix. Iceberg tends to require more olive oil but add it in slowly until you get the desired amount.
* How do you know which loaf is quality? Pick up the loaf, bring it to your ear and give it a gentle squeeze; if it gives a nice crackle, it’s a good loaf.
** For better luck with thinner slices of tomato, use a serrated knife rather than a straight-edged one