Everything You Need to Make a Superb BLT

Everything You Need to Make a Superb BLT

Faith Durand
Aug 12, 2011
It is high tomato season, so any rational bacon-loving person is making (and devouring) juicy BLT sandwiches. We've talked about BLTs quite a bit this week (love the idea of a BLT party!) so we're closing the week with a roundup of resources for making the very best BLT you can eat. From our favorite lettuce, to the best way to store half a tomato, to six great gluten-free sandwich breads, here are resources galore to help you make a superb BLT tonight. The two recipes pictured above, by the way, are from Martha Stewart:

Winter BLT Sandwiches
Savory French-Toast BLT

Now, let's make a BLT.

First, let's talk bread.

Make a Sandwich Loaf out of No-Knead BreadThe 6 Best Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads The Perfect One Slice Sandwich BreadQuick Tip: Slice Loaves of Bread Before Freezing

...maybe you toast it?

Kitchen Hack: Make a Toaster Bag Out of Parchment Paper10 Best Uses for Your Toaster OvenHow to Clean the ToasterGood Product: Wooden Toaster Tongs

Then comes mayo:

How To Make Mayonnaise: The VideoTwo Vegan Mayonnaise RecipesWhat is Kewpie Mayonnaise?Hellmann's vs. Homemade Mayonnaise

The tomatoes should be super-juicy:

Tomatoes Are Here! Are You Getting Any?The Best Place to Store Tomatoes...and WhyFarmers' Market Report: Tomatoes How Should I Store Leftover Tomato?

...and the lettuce super-crisp:

Why You Should Eat More Iceberg Lettuce Why This Is Our Favorite LettuceGood Eats: Little Gems LettuceFrom the Farmers' Market: Black Lettuce!

Last but not least, the BACON:

How To Make Perfect Bacon in the OvenBest Methods: Three Ways to Cook BaconDoes Bacon Really Make Everything Better?Vegetarian (Except for Bacon)

And now, put it all together:

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato: How Do You Make Your BLTs?Craving: BLTs (with REAL Tomatoes!)Feed a Crowd: Throw a BLT PartyCasual Entertaining: BLTs for Dinner

Or put a new spin on things:

Re-Inventing a Summer Classic: Bacon, Lettuce, and...?The Ultimate Colorado BLTRecipe: BLT Salad with Bacon VinaigretteStrange Food Combos: Would You Put Cheese on a BLT?

No bacon? Try one of these tomato sandwiches instead:

The Perfect Tomato SandwichFried Green Tomato SandwichTomato Mozzarella SandwichA Smoky "BLT" for Vegetarians

How do you like your BLTs? And are you planning on eating one soon — loaded up with fresh summer tomatoes?

(Images: James Merrell/Martha Stewart; Martha Stewart; Emma Christensen; Jess via Board Game Geek); Faith Durand; Michael Durand; Elizabeth Passarella; Laure Joliet; Martha Stewart; Liz Vidyarthi; Faith Durand)

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