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When tomatoes are in season, what better than a properly layered classic BLT (or BLTA)?
Fry the thick applewood bacon, toast the bread, slather on the mayo on both sides, add some iceberg lettuce (this is a fine use for iceberg lettuce, you really need that crunch). Add the bacon and thickly sliced tomatoes...Delish...add some avocado if you like, but it's not necessary.
During the summer months, when fresh, flavorful tomatoes are abundant, nothing is better than a Classic BLT (that’s Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato for anyone who doesn’t know). So simple and yet, so crunchy delicious. This is one time when iceberg lettuce is really a must, IMHO, it adds the perfect crispy crunch!
slather on the mayo, crispy lettuce, bacon, and fresh thick-sliced tomatoes, um yum!
For this classic, I like to use a thick, applewood smoked bacon. Fry the bacon, microwave the bacon (put in between paper towels and microwave for about 1 minute per slice, best if done in batches when doing more than two or three pieces) or use the “oven-bake” method (best for when doing large batches).
And the tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes are really key. Ripe in the summer tomatoes, not those things they try to sell you during the winter months. Those are not tomatoes and have no flavor or reason to exist. This is one time that eating seasonally really counts. Be sure to put a little salt on your tomato to bring out its full flavor!
The bread? I like classic white bread or whole wheat bread. Toasted for sure. If you don’t toast it, it will fall apart, and that’s not good at all.
Not so classic, but one of my favorite additions is sliced avocado preferably a Haas avocado. YUMMERS!
How you layer the ingredients is very important. Improper layers result in what I call, sandwich EXPLOSION! That’s when all the middle jumps out when you take a bite, leaving you with just the bread in your hands.
Cut the BLT in half and serve.
Fry the thick applewood bacon, toast the bread, slather on the mayo on both sides, some iceberg lettuce (this is a fine use for iceberg lettuce, you really need that crunch). Add the bacon and then top with thickly sliced tomatoes...Delish...add some avocado if you like, but it's not necessary
Be sure to layer correctly to avoid sandwich explosion!
This recipe is written for 1 but easily expanded for more. And if you like a lot of bacon on your sandwich, make more bacon.
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