We had Classic BLT’s for dinner the other night and that got me to thinking of all the ways in which the BLT can be altered. How many versions can you think of or create? Well, that is what I am planning to do with this blog. The Classic BLT is simply Toast with Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon and Mayonnaise. While the Classic BLT is very tasty, the ‘not so classic’ versions are really much more interesting and tastier. Anyone can come up with their version of a BLT but for starters I will list and describe a few below.
Our favorite is the BALT which is a Bacon Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich. Our bread preference is rye or Challah (Egg Bread) and we like it lightly toasted. Mayonnaise goes on the bread with sliced Avocado next and then the Bacon, Tomato and Lettuce. You can go a little further and add some sweet Vidalia or Maui Onion slices and create a whole new taste sensation. Another item that can be added is sliced Black Olives. Where can you go from here? Add your favorite condiments and the taste changes yet again.
Another favorite version of mine is an Egg Sandwich on Rye with Bacon and Tomato and of course Mayonnaise. Go a step further and add a slice of cheese to the hot Egg before adding the bacon and you have the nice sensation of melted cheese along with the Egg and Bacon.
How about a BLT on a French Roll with sautéed Onions and Red & Yellow Bell Peppers? Instead of regular Bacon, try it with Canadian Bacon, Proscuitto or Pancetta. (Pancetta is Italian style Bacon.) Add some sliced Turkey or grilled Chicken Breast and you have a Club Sandwich. Get a little more daring and add some Peperoncini or sliced Jalapenos to the Roll.
Create a different kind of sandwich and wrap the Bacon, Tomato and Lettuce in a Tomato or Spinach Tortilla and have a BLT Wrap. In this case, some mashed Avocado spread on the Tortilla before it is wrapped around the other ingredients would be very good.
Have you ever tried a BLT with Peanut Butter spread on the bread? If you are a Peanut Butter lover and a BLT Lover, you would get two of your favorites in one sandwich. If anyone out there tries it, please let me know how you liked it.
One last thing, don’t forget the Grilled Cheese BLT. There has been a big resurgence of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and nothing adds to the flavor of Cheese more than Bacon does. You might want to leave out the Lettuce on this one, so you would have to call it a Grilled Cheese BT. Whichever way you make yours, enjoy!
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