We find that BLTs are one of those foods that everyone is glad to see—like macaroni and cheese or a great roast chicken. You can buy (or make) a great white or sourdough bread, splurge on some expensive, thick-cut bacon, and then get the best tomatoes you can find at the market.
Other ways to spruce them up:
-Add slices of hard-boiled egg (which you can make ahead), like in the Bacon, Egg, and Tomato Club Sandwiches, from Gourmet, pictured above.
-Add avocado, similar to the Spanglish Sandwich.
-Make a basil mayonnaise.
-If you have someone that's wary of mayonnaise, offer to drizzle sandwiches with a little homemade balsamic vinaigrette instead.
We're planning to serve BLTs to friends tomorrow night with a pile of corn on the cob and a cucumber and red onion salad. What do you think?
(Image: John Kernick for Gourmet)