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 Bread
The 6 Best Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads
The Perfect One Slice Sandwich Bread
Quick Tip: Slice Loaves of Bread Before Freezing

...maybe you toast it?

Kitchen Hack: Make a Toaster Bag Out of Parchment Paper
10 Best Uses for Your Toaster Oven
How to Clean the Toaster
Good Product: Wooden Toaster Tongs

Then comes mayo:

How To Make Mayonnaise: The Video
Two Vegan Mayonnaise Recipes
What 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 Why
Farmers' 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 Lettuce
Good Eats: Little Gems Lettuce
From the Farmers' Market: Black Lettuce!

Last but not least, the BACON:

How To Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven
Best Methods: Three Ways to Cook Bacon
Does 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 Party
Casual Entertaining: BLTs for Dinner

Or put a new spin on things:

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

No bacon? Try one of these tomato sandwiches instead:

The Perfect Tomato Sandwich
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
Tomato Mozzarella Sandwich
A 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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