Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato

Ok, Ok, I know what you’re thinking… “BLTs, those are sooooo… easy to make.” I know! But BLTs are just soooo… good, and let’s get real not everyone knows how to make perfect bacon and not everyone just made homemade mayo like you did right… right?

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I love BLTs, because they are so simple to make and you can add more than just the normal bacon lettuce tomato. I usually put onion, and you can also add green pepper, cucumber, sprouts would be great! You can also exchange normal lettuce for something like spinach (the darker the green, the more nutrients… or so I’m told.)

The key to the great BLT is obviously the bacon. I like mine thick cut and just slightly crispy on the outside. To cook bacon, start a skillet on medium heat. Once the pan is hot (you can check this by hovering your had above the skillet, if there is a strong heat radiating you can start). Place strips of bacon in the pan not overlaying them (I can fit about 3-4). Give the bacon about 2-3 min on the one side and pull it up with tongs (the edges of the bacon will start to look kind of like a wave). Flip the bacon and and let cook another 1-2min. Try to take the bacon off just before its to your desired temperature, because it will keep cooking after you take it off. Keep a plate nearby with a paper towel on it and lay the bacon to catch the extra fat drippings. You can tell when the bacon gets crispy, because it will start to turn a darkish orangey color.

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Ingredients

3 pieces per sandwich/wrap

Lettuce

Tomato slices

Onion and other veggies (optional)

Mayo (preferably homemade)

Good bread

Cheese (optional – but suggested)

1. Put some mayo on both sides of the bread.

2. Simply layer the bacon, lettuce, tomato and whatever other veggies and cheese you choose!

Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks:

1. Bread – I think the best bread is something like a sourdough. I also like to toast the bread a little so that it gives a nice crunch.

2. Cheese – I really like sharp cheddar cheese, but play with other cheeses and see what you like best. You can also make this like a bacon grilled cheese with veggies, that would be delicious!

3. Bacon – play around with bacon. Leave it in the pan for longer or less to see what doneness you prefer. I know many people who like their bacon very crispy, don’t be afraid to practice… I mean how could you not, you get to eat all the practice bacon!!

4. Other bacon – you can also use turkey bacon. If you are watching your diet, this is a great alternative. Again, make sure you practice with the turkey bacon as it has a different cooking style since it doesn’t have the same amount of fat.

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