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I am going to make BLT's for dinner tonight. Does anyone have a favorite twist on an old favorite?

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  1. I love the traditional - bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on potato bread. Sometimes I grind black pepper over the mayo during assembly. Rich, ripe tomatoes are key.

    1. Add avocado...use blue cheese...substitute apple for the tomato...

      1. This should probably be in home cooking.

        While I love a traditional BLT, NOTHING beats a BLT with avocado. I like mine on toasted whole wheat bread, a good amount of Best Foods mayo, 4 slices of extra-crispy bacon, lettuce, sliced tomato lightly salted, and a generous amount of perfectly ripe sliced avocado. I would have to say that this is just about my all-time favorite sandwich!

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        1. re: DanaB

          Amen.

        2. Not a BLT really ( no lettuce). Cook up some bacon, toast your favorite bread ( I like to use scali). Top the toast with the bacon, add good tomatoes ( I usually use sliced grape tomatoes in the winter), top with your favotire cheese ( I love bleu), and pop under the broiler until bubbly. WIth a salad and a glass of wine, makes an tasty, quick meal.

          1. I always like a BLT&C - with cheese. A hearty cheddar is a great choice. And I agree with macca - toasted scali bread is excellent for this sandwich.

            1. My favorite all time sandwich.
              One method is to do a chop...tomatoes, bacon, lettuce and cheese chopped together and put on a good sour dough roll with lots of mayo.

              Another favorite is fresh oatmeal toasted. The key is fresh produce, and thick smoked bacon.

              1. My absolute favorite way to eat it is to mix the BL and T ingredients together like a salad with mayo and fill toasted pita bread with it.

                1. Put it on slices of lightly grilled ciabatta. and definitely make sure your bacon is crispy enough. Nothing worse than your sandwich falling apart when you don't bite completely through the bacon.

                  1. I make mine in august, when my tomatoes are in.

                    per sandwich
                    2 slices homemade sourdough bread, lightly toasted
                    sliced tomato, lightly salted and peppered - I like zapotec pleated or cherokee purple -- huge and juicy.
                    4 slices thick bacon, fried until crisp edged but still tender. my butcher makes a wicked good bacon.
                    baby spinach leaves

                    I don use mayo cause I don't like mayo -- but avocado is a very good addition.

                    Assembly like so
                    bread
                    bacon
                    tomato
                    spinach
                    bacon
                    bread,

                    and then press lightly for about five minutes.

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                    1. re: AnnaEA

                      I made my first BLT salad just the other night; started out by crushing garlic in kosher salt, added ground black pepper and Colman's mustard into red wine vinegar (like I start a caesar salad). I whisked in mayo and just a smidge of horseradish, then tossed with crisp romaine, chopped tomatoes (we get those "on the vine" ones in winter; not bad!), thinly sliced purple onion, crisp pepper bacon and croutons. I made standard croutons from sourdough bagette, tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and toasted in the oven.
                      Fortunately it was really good because my hubby invited guests and forgot to tell me.

                    2. I like them with avocado and aioli instead of mayo.

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                      1. re: Megiac

                        I like to add in chopped red onion and shredded cheddar cheese.

                      2. The Jfood "A Chorus Line" edition called "A BLT with T&A".

                        - Must have toasted bread. Now the trick is to let it cool enough so the Hellman's does not break apart when it's spread.
                        - The 4-6 slices of bacon
                        - A couple of nice slices of tomato and a little bibb lettuce
                        Now the T&A
                        - Then a couple of slices of avocado
                        - And a few slices of roasted turkey

                        Sometime it needs three slices of bread.

                        Oh yeah this is called a turkey club, so what the heck. It's still a great sandwich, no matter what it's called.

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                        1. re: jfood

                          Sounds good, especially if the bread is toasted sourdough. Serve with a dill pickle and a side of fries or potato chips.

                        2. Sturdy good bread, thick cut bacon, ripe, sweet tomatoes, Hellman's mayo, and shred the lettuce and toss it in some good Italian dressing before adding it to the sandwich...my son thinks this really makes the difference!

                          1. So, I got home last night and ran out of time to make it to the store. I had to make do with what I had. I used toasted Oatmeal bread, tomato, shredded lettuce and mayo....the twist I did was sprinkle the bacon with brown sugar and ground mexican chilli powder while it was cooking. this made for a very tasty sandwich. The bacon was carmalized and a little sticky with a kick. I think it would have been really good with the Avocado. There are lots of great ideas here for next time. thanks!

                            1. A couple of years ago we replaced the lettuce with thinly sliced (lengthwise) peeled cucumber and we added fresh whole basil leaves. I also don't toast the bread too much because the crisp bacon and crunchy bread sort of tear up the inside of my mouth and then the acid from the tomato really feels irritating. Anyway now we make BBCTs (bacon, basil, cucumber, and tomato).

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                              1. re: ETRIXIE

                                Just tried adding the basil tonight, very nice.

                              2. White or wheat toast
                                Basil mayo
                                one piece of lettuce
                                one or two slices of tomato

                                Now, for the most important part

                                Plenty (I'm talking a pile) of crisp (important!), thick-cut bacon.

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                                1. re: QueenB

                                  Press green olives into the side of bread with mayo (or miracle whip).

                                  You've got grease (bacon), fat (mayo), starch (bread), veggies (tomato and lettuce), the green olives represent the salt group. Can't hink of a more balanced meal.

                                  Yummy!

                                2. I guess I deconstruct.

                                  My all-time favorite sandwich is peanut butter, garlic and tomato on toast. (Yep - I've heard every "gross!" comment, but I am immune.) Can't resist it. To go the BLT route (my second all-time favorite sandwich), I split it up into a sandwich/salad combo. If you can get past the PB idea, it's really good.

                                  Sandwich: Toast some good bread. Scrub with a cut garlic clove, as for bruschetta. Spread with a thin (really: thin) layer of your favorite peanut butter - smooth/creamy is better for this. Top with nice ripe tomato slices. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve open-faced with the salad.

                                  Salad - simple salad of greens (sturdier works better) dressed with your favorite hot bacon dressing. A few thinly sliced red radishes are nice with this, and maybe some slivered scallions. Not much of either, though.

                                  I'm not kidding - it's a really good combo. It seems to have the same combo of flavors/flavor sensations that Thai food has.

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                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                    Veggie bacon for me. The nutty crunch of alfalfa sprouts is also a great addition. On a warm toasted piece of crusty-type bread. Hmm, think I'll have that for dinner :)

                                  2. The BLT is a perfect construction and needs no additions or changes but unless you live in I don't know, Australia, it won't be good tonight. Tomatoes need at least three more months to be worth of a BLT even here in California. Make something else...

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                                    1. re: JudiAU

                                      Wwwwhaaaaaaaaat........?! Talk about a buzz-kill :) Okay, I'll take what I know is your good advice, and put my impulse-control to the test :)

                                      1. re: enbell

                                        Not trying to be a buzzkill but you must respect the BLT. A good BLT does not happen in April!

                                        1. re: JudiAU

                                          No, no, I was teasing you :) I hope you got that, sorry if you took it the wtong way! I can't wait till it's time!!

                                      2. re: JudiAU

                                        Indeed. White bread, toasted (I suppose wheat, if you must), bacon, leaf lettuce, thick tomato slices, bit of mayo on both pieces of bread. Perfection.

                                      3. It's great if you lightly toast the bread and then fry it in the bacon grease and then salt slightly and then assemble the sandwich on it.

                                        Here, at this time of year, I agree grape tomatoes are the way to go - best taste for this time of year but better in summer when you can have larger real tomatoes.

                                        1. Try it with grilled shrimp or lobster.

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                                          1. re: paprkutr

                                            yes! while i love a classic BLT, my absolute fave is one with lobster - after bacon and lobster, the other ingredients sort-of become arbitrary but i usually use a baguette, nice tomatoes from the farmers market, baby greens and mayo - now here's where i'm going to get yelled at - in the depths of my fridge, i usually have a vegan mayo that i'm always trying to use up so when i make these, i grab a few tablespoons and add some fresh lemon juice, diced up capers and maybe some basil-classic BLT's use regular mayo but for some reason i really like the vegan version with the lobster

                                          2. I had a very nice BLT at Cafe Deluxe (in DC) that had a little tilapia filet on top, and some flavored mayo:

                                            http://www.cafedeluxe.com/DeluxeDINNE... (in the sandwiches section

                                            )

                                            It was nice, and made the sandwich a bit heartier than the traditional BLT. The grease from the bacon and the taste of the fish go together really well.

                                            I haven't tried this recipe, but the Everyday Italian version with prosciutto sounds tasty too:

                                            http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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                                            1. re: pomme de terre

                                              I love my BLTs on the following breads AND must use CAINS MAYO (this is the only time I ever use mayo)
                                              Rye (with seeds)
                                              Challah
                                              Plain old white bread- sometimes there is just no other substitute for the stuff...

                                            2. We made BLT's tonight. We baked the bacon (less greasy) and I put the BLT and then add cucumber on top of a tortilla to make a wrap. My fiance used peanut butter on his and said it was delicious.

                                              1. My sister does good bacon sandies. BELTS Bacon egg lettuce and tomato - with crunchy whole wheat toast, egg fried in bacon grease and lots of peppery bacon ... and ALWAYS the inner crunchy hunks of iceberg lettuce with a big ol' beefsteak tomato The egg has to be situated near the top so it goos down into the tomato, but not so much as to ruin the toast.

                                                and BPTS - Basically a BLT with pimento cheese spread that you buy in the grocery. Always on white bread - not toasted, but smashed together. Bread, pimento, tomato, bacon, mayo bread. She used to make them every day for me during summer recess as a child.