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BLT Sandwich – The Next Level

BLT sandwiches are quick, easy and deliciously satisfying. Here’s my updated take on a much loved classic – the Triple BLT with an elevated flavour profile, that’s ready in just 15 minutes! 

So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch, reach for some readily available ingredients in addition to the usual bacon, lettuce, and tomato and make some sandwich magic.  

 

BLT Sandwich Stack

And speaking of sandwich magic, here are some fab sandwich recipes to add to your repertoire, too:

The BLT Sandwich: An American Classic

The BLT sandwich is a classic American sandwich that is made with bacon, lettuce, and tomato – hence the B, L and T. It’s a simple sandwich, but it is also incredibly delicious. The combination of the salty bacon, the crisp lettuce, and the juicy tomato is a winning combination.

Can you improve on a classic though, I wondered?
As it turns out, yes.
But I’ll get to that in a moment.

The BLT Origin Story

Because all legends have an origin story. The BLT sandwich is thought to have originated in the United States in the early 1900s, with the first known recipe for a BLT sandwich appearing in a 1923 cookbook called “The Breakfast Book” by James Beard and in 1926 in a cookbook called “The Sandwich Book” by Isabel Gordon Curtis. 

The recipe called for bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

It was only in the 1930s that someone decided that adding mayonnaise to a BLT would add a richness and creaminess that would enhance the other ingredients.

By the 1950s, no self-respecting diner would be caught without a classic BLT on its menu.

And ever since, people have been adding their own spin to a much-loved classic. The BLT sandwich really is a very versatile sandwich. It can be made with just about any type of bacon, lettuce, or tomato. It also pairs really well on different types of bread. 

And this sandwich is an excellent choice for a quick and easy lunch or dinner – and of course, as a popular addition to any picnic.

Why the BLT Works So Well

The BLT sandwich works so well because the ingredients complement each other perfectly. The salty, crispy bacon provides a contrast to the sweetness of the tomato, and the lettuce adds a lovely freshness and satisfying crunch. The mayonnaise provides a rich creaminess that helps to bind everything together.

My Secret to Crushing an Epic BLT

Makin’ Bacon 

Here’s the thing – anyone can make bacon. Some of it even passingly good. But pan frying bacon, or even crisping it in the oven doesn’t quite give you bacon that is evenly crisped and utterly perfect for a BLT.

So what’s my secret? Well, I actually have two. First, I use Sriracha sauce to glaze the bacon, and second, I cook it to perfection in my air fryer.  Air frying is the best way to cook bacon. The consistent, circulating, dry heat perfectly renders the fat, and cooks the bacon evenly. The result is gorgeous, golden, and evenly crisped bacon with a bit of heat and a sweet, smoky complexity. 

Elevating Humble Ingredients 

When crafting the perfect BLT, selecting the finest ingredients is paramount. Gem lettuce offers a crisp, delicate texture that adds a refreshing crunch to every bite. Pairing it with perfectly ripe, deeply red tomatoes elevates the sandwich with their juicy sweetness and vibrant colour. To enhance the tomatoes’ sweetness even further, dress them in a mixture of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. These thoughtful choices in lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing contribute to the ultimate BLT experience.

Triple BLT sandwich

Improving on a Classic

I realise that this is likely going to get me into trouble with the purists, but here’s my variation that takes the humble BLT to an elevated level. Introducing the:

TRIPLE B LT

We’re taking 3 Bs.

Bacon, Basil & Boursin.

You already know my secrets to the best bacon ever. Now, on to the Basil.

I’ve added Basil to my BLT sandwich recipe because it adds a deliciously sweet and peppery flavour that pairs beautifully with the tomatoes.  And Boursin is a soft creamy cheese similar in taste and texture to cream cheese. By adding a generous smear, it immediately elevates the flavour profile to new heights. 

Trust me on this.

Thorough Bread

“It’s just bread”.

What a cutting remark – and honestly, you don’t knead that kind of negativity in your life.  You get bread, and then you get the kind of fresh artisanal loaf that’s golden and crispy on the outside and soft, springy and almost fluffy on the inside. And it’s the latter kind that you want for your Triple B LT.

Great options include Country Style Bread, Sourdough, Ciabatta and Focaccia – the choice is yours, as long as it’s fresh.

Let’s get to it!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this gluten-free?

It can be gluten-free, provided you use gluten-free bread. And check the labels of any products to ensure they don’t contain gluten.    

Can I omit the Sriracha sauce?

The Sriracha sauce adds a smoky sweetness and a mildly spicy kick to the bacon, but if you’re really not a fan of chilli, you can substitute the Sriracha sauce with honey or maple syrup.  

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BLT Sandwich – The Next Level


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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Sandwiches

Description

BLT sandwiches are quick, easy and deliciously satisfying. Here’s my updated take on a much loved classic – the Triple BLT with an elevated flavour profile, that’s ready in under 15 minutes.

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch, reach for some readily available ingredients in addition to the usual bacon, lettuce, and tomato – and make some sandwich magic!

 


Ingredients

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  • 12 large tomatoes
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices good bread
  • 5g freshly picked basil
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice the tomatoes, season lightly with salt and black pepper, then drizzle over olive oil and red wine vinegar and set aside to marinate.
  2. To make the ultimate crispy, golden glazed bacon, use your air fryer. Layer each rasher onto the grill, brush with a tablespoon of Sriracha and cook in your air fryer at 190 C for 3 minutes each side, no preheating necessary. Alternatively, pan fry or bake in the oven until the bacon is crispy.
  3. Slice the bread and pop in the toaster. Once it’s toasted to your liking, brush each side with olive oil and return to the toaster until golden brown. Alternatively, brush both sides with olive oil and pan fry for extra crunch.
  4. To construct your sandwich, start by smearing a generous layer of Boursin onto one slice of the toasted bread; top that with half your marinated tomatoes, half the bacon and a half the basil leaves. On the other piece, smear with a layer of mayo, top with lettuce and close the sandwich.

Repeat this step to create the second sandwich.

And that’s it – ready to enjoy!

 

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Air Fry
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