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10 Ways to Make a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (BLT) Sandwich

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Chicken curry naan bread BLT is one of the recipes featured on this page

Chicken curry naan bread BLT is one of the recipes featured on this page

10 Different Ways to Make a BLT

A BLT by definition is a sandwich containing the three principal ingredients that give it its name: bacon, lettuce and tomato. There is nothing however that says they need be the only components of the sandwich and the concept can be varied in an infinite number of ways to make it both more visually appealing and more tasty. The 10 BLT variations featured on this page can be prepared exactly as prescribed or tweaked and varied to suit your tastes, essentially using them as inspiration for coming up with the perfect sandwich for any given occasion.

Special cure, thick-cut English back bacon

Special cure, thick-cut English back bacon

Traditional BLT with soft ball buffalo mozzarella and homemade dill pickles

Traditional BLT with soft ball buffalo mozzarella and homemade dill pickles

1. BLT With Mozzarella Cheese and Dill Pickles

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min*

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: 1 sandwich

*If time permits, start the cucumber pickling a couple of hours in advance, cover and refrigerate until required. This will improve the intensity of the flavour.

Ingredients

  • 6 (¼-inch-thick) slices from an (English) cucumber
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon freshly chopped dill leaves
  • Salt
  • 4 strips bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 small lettuce leaves
  • 1 small to medium tomato
  • Black pepper
  • 4 slices from soft ball buffalo mozzarella (or as required)
  • 2 slices white bread

Instructions

  1. Add the cucumber slices to a small, flat bottomed bowl along with the dill, white wine vinegar and a little salt. Stir around to ensure even coating then cover and set aside until required.
  2. Pour some vegetable oil into a non-stick frying pan and fry the bacon over a medium heat until cooked as desired.
  3. Wash the lettuce leaves and shake dry before arranging in an even layer on one slice of the bread.
  4. Wash and dry the tomato before moderately finely slicing and arranging over the lettuce. Season with some black pepper.
  5. When the bacon is done, shake off the excess oil before laying on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Place the mozzarella slices on top of the bacon (slightly overlapping), followed by the pickled cucumber and the second slice of bread. Press down lightly then cut in half to serve.
BLT with turmeric spiced mashed egg

BLT with turmeric spiced mashed egg

2. BLT With Turmeric Spiced Mashed Egg

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

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Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: 1 roll

Ingredients

  • 1 egg (best if it's around a week old, as fresher eggs don't hard boil too well)
  • Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander leaf/cilantro (half for egg mix and half to garnish)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 strips bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 or 3 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 3 slices from medium tomato
  • 1 soft bread roll

Instructions

  1. Put the egg into a pot with enough cold water to ensure it is comfortably covered. Put the pot on to a high heat until the water starts to boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Lift the pot with the egg to your sink, lay it in the sink and start cold water running in to it while you pour some vegetable oil into a frying pan and get the bacon on to fry.
  3. Crack the eggshell on a hard surface, peel and place the peeled egg into a small bowl, along with the butter, turmeric and some salt and pepper. Mash with the back of a fork before stirring in half the chopped herb.
  4. Cut the roll open and lay the washed, dried and torn lettuce leaves on the bottom half. Spoon on the egg mixture in an even layer.
  5. When the bacon is cooked, lay it over the egg mix with the tomato slices on top. Scatter with the last of the chopped herb before closing the top of the roll over.
BLT with red onion and chilli sauce

BLT with red onion and chilli sauce

3. BLT With Red Onion and Chilli Sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 10 min

Yields: 2 rolls

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon hot chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 small iceberg lettuce leaves
  • ¼ small red onion
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped coriander leaf/cilantro
  • 2 soft bread rolls
  • 4 strips bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 medium tomato

Instructions

  1. Put your kitchen grill/broiler on to preheat at its highest setting.
  2. Spoon the yoghurt, ketchup and chilli powder into a small bowl, season with salt and pepper and stir well before subsequently stirring in the chopped herb.
  3. Wash the lettuce leaves, shake dry, roll and shred. The peeled onion quarter should be sliced and separated into strands. Stir both into the spicy sauce.
  4. Cut the rolls in half and toast on the cut under the grill/broiler while you fry the bacon.
  5. Divide the spicy lettuce and onion mix between the roll bases and top with the sliced tomato, followed by the cooked bacon. Close the rolls over to serve.
BLT with garlic mayo and crispy bacon corn snacks

BLT with garlic mayo and crispy bacon corn snacks

4. BLT With Garlic Mayo and Crispy Bacon Corn Snacks

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 10 min

Yields: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 or 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 small, single serving pack of crispy bacon corn snacks
  • 2 slices bread

Instructions

  1. Put the mayo into a small mixing bowl. Peel the garlic clove and grate it into the mayo before stirring well.
  2. Put the bacon on to fry in a little vegetable oil.
  3. Wash the lettuce leaves, shake dry and roughly chop before arranging on one of the slices of bread. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. Wash the tomato, dry with kitchen paper and slice before arranging on top of the lettuce.
  5. When the bacon is cooked, lay the slices on top of the tomato and carefully spread with the mayo.
  6. Arrange some of the corn snacks on top, lay the second slice of bread in place, press down lightly and cut to serve.
Mini BLT chilli spiced hot dogs

Mini BLT chilli spiced hot dogs

5. Mini BLT Chilli Spiced Hot Dogs

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: 2 mini hot dogs

Ingredients

  • 2 mini hot dogs (about 6")
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 large dried chilli
  • 2 or 3 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium to large tomato
  • Generous dusting of hot chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 mini sub rolls
  • 1 teaspoon (or as required) mustard
  • 4 slices bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tomato ketchup

Instructions

  1. Place the hot dogs into a saucepan with the peeled garlic clove and the dried chilli. Add enough cold water to ensure they are comfortably covered. Put the pan on to a high heat.
  2. Wash, roll and shred the lettuce leaves and seed and moderately finely chop the tomato. Add to a small mixing bowl and season with chilli powder, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine the seasonings.
  3. When the hot dog water starts to boil, reduce the heat to achieve as gentle a simmer as possible while you fry the bacon in a non-stick frying pan with a little vegetable oil.
  4. Cut the rolls open and gently pull the two halves apart without separating them altogether. Spread some mustard over the exposed areas with a knife.
  5. When the bacon is done, lay two strips in each roll to cover the mustard spread surfaces.
  6. Divide the spicy lettuce and tomato between the rolls and lift a hot dog on top in each instance with cooking tongs or a large slotted spoon.
  7. Squeeze on some ketchup before serving.
BLT with pork fillet and apple sauce

BLT with pork fillet and apple sauce

6. BLT With Pork Fillet and Apple Sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 25 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yields: 1 roll

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-ounce) pork fillet or boneless pork chop
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1 large iceberg lettuce leaf
  • ½ small tomato
  • 1 soft bread roll
  • 1 teaspoon apple sauce

Instructions

  1. Leave any fat on the pork fillet during cooking and resting. Pour a little oil into a non-stick frying pan and bring it up to a medium heat while you season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Fry over a medium heat for around 20 minutes or until done, turning occasionally.
  2. When the pork is ready, put your kitchen grill/broiler on to preheat to its highest setting and lift the pork to a small plate to rest while you fry the bacon in the same pan.
  3. Wash, dry and shred the lettuce leaf. Seed the tomato half and slice it into strips. Combine the lettuce and tomato together.
  4. Cut the roll open and toast lightly on both cut sides under the grill/broiler.
  5. Arrange the tomato and lettuce on the bottom of the roll half before cutting any fat from the pork and discarding. Slice the pork and arrange on the tomato and lettuce bed.
  6. Spoon the apple sauce over the pork, top with the bacon and lay the top of the roll in place to serve.
Paprika spiced BLT salad pitta pockets

Paprika spiced BLT salad pitta pockets

7. Paprika Spiced BLT Salad Pitta Pockets

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: 2 pitta pockets

Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 medium tomato
  • 2" piece of (English) cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pitta breads
  • Mayo