On some days, it feels like the height of summer here. On those days, much as I love my usual comfort food of stews and roasts, all I want is a sandwich. A good, filling sandwich made with crispy fresh organic lettuce, juicy red tomato slices, and cool, creamy mayonnaise. A sandwich like this one: my homemade Bacon Lettuce & Tomato sandwich, otherwise known as the BLT.
Because however hot it gets, I always love bacon.
I’m fine with just this sandwich and a tall glass of water, but some people like adding sides to this delicious meal. My mom absolutely must have a small pile of barbecue Kettle chips, and my husband likes a crunchy kosher pickle to nibble on between bites.
Whichever way you want to have this sandwich, I urge you to have it. It’s perfection in a sandwich.
Homemade Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches
4 slices good bread. Whole wheat is fine, but I prefer brioche (who doesn’t?)
6 slices thick bacon. Turkey is fine. Pepper bacon is awesome. So is regular smoked bacon. I could go on, you know.
Fresh lettuce, washed and spun-dried
Fresh red tomato, thickly sliced
Cheese slices. Optional. I LOVE provolone on this, but anything that you prefer. Or none at all.
Good mayonnaise. Hellmann’s/Best Foods has my heart.
Cook bacon over LOW heat. You want it crispy but not charred, with a little bit of chewiness in there. Set aside.
Lightly toast bread slices.
For each sandwich (this recipe makes two): Spread one piece of bread with mayonnaise. On the other slice of bread, make layers like so: Bacon, Tomato, Cheese, Lettuce. Top with mayonnaised slice of bread. Repeat for other sandwich.