This beloved club-inspired sandwich, the Classic BLT or Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich recipe, is quick and easy to make and loaded with flavor.
How to Make the Classic BLT Sandwich
Ever since I was young, I have loved eating Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches or BLT’s as they are also known as. Made simply and effortlessly, it’s a definite must-eat for diners of all ages.
Dining for summer should be simple. No fuss or muss. Take one of my favorite sandwiches that is a must-have for summer: Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich.
As the name implies, this is a simple recipe that offers layers of flavors: toasted bread slathered with mayonnaise, vine ripe tomatoes and apple wood smoked bacon along with garden crisp lettuce, well, there’s no way to describe the balance of sweet, smoky, herby goodness that happens with this sandwich, it just works.
And, here in the Midwest, you can’t go anywhere without finding this sandwich gracing a menu and for good reason. It’s a classic all the way.
The only time-consuming part is cooking up the bacon. But other than that, you can easily assemble this sandwich in minutes, which is great for folks and families who want easy-breezy dining with no fuss or muss.
Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich History
You might not know, but we have the Victorian era (1800’s) to thank for the evolution of the sandwich. The BLT is similar to the club sandwich, which also has its roots during this time.
However, the term: BLT, experts say that this just might be related to lunch counter slang or shorthand (of the 1920’s) when waitresses passed a patron’s order back to the cook.
Even so, this tasty trio has been satisfying diners for generations.
Gourmet BLT Upgrades
Now, I’ve share the classic BLT recipe below, don’t feel inclined to stick to just that version. In fact, you can easily make the ultimate BLT sandwich with these “extreme” ingredients:
- smoked gouda
- goat cheese
- ranch mayo dressing
- avocado mayo
- chipotle mayo
- bell pepper slices
- red onion
- whole grain
- Boston lettuce
- bibb lettuce
- Romaine lettuce
BLT Sides Options
I like to eat my Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich, sans anything else, but if you’re really hungry, try these traditional sides with your BLT:
For more delicious sandwich recipes and ideas, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section.
Classic BLT – Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich Recipe
- 12 slices Nueske’s Applewood bacon cooked (or approx. 12 slices)
- 8 slices bread
- 8 leaves red leaf lettuce
- 12 slices tomatoes sliced thinly
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- Fry the bacon until done and allow any excess fat to drain on paper towels.
- Next, toast the bread.
- Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise on each slice of bread.
- Layer on one prepared slice of bread with 2 tomato slices, 3 strips of bacon and a large lettuce leaf.
- Top with the remaining slice of toast, cut the sandwich diagonally and serve as is or with your favorite side. Enjoy!