BLT - One Sandwich to Rule Them All

by Tiggered

BLT sandwich (bacon, lettuce and tomato) is the second most popular sandwich in America and absolute number one in UK

BLT needs no introduction - for multitudes, it is THE sandwich. The harmonious marriage of crispy bacon, crunchy lettuce and juicy tomatoes has the potential to charm almost anyone.

How to make BLT at home? What's the difference between Blt and bLT? Can you include the BLT in a healthy diet? If any of these questions arises your curiosity, read on.

Health worriers, run while you can!

All photos by Tiggered

How to make BLT?

Classic BLT is made of five ingredients: bread, mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, tomato.

Of course, there's nothing to stop you from adding extra stuff. I always include a generous splash of ketchup on my BLT (go and try to talk me out of it!).

Here's the basic recipe (the way I prepare the BLT, anyway):

1. Fry bacon rashers until golden and crispy
2. Cut a breadroll in half, spread mayonnaise of top and bottom half
3. Assemble the sandwich: one leaf of lettuce, two slices of tomato, two rashers, splash of ketchup, two slices of tomato, another lettuce leaf
4. Dig in!

You may wish to toast your bread before (in a toaster) or after (in a panini grill) assembling the BLT.

What goes into the BLT?


Blt or bLT?

To learn all there is to know about the Blt/bLT opposition, you need to read Terry Pratchett's Snuff - the idea originated there.

You see, there are BACON, lettuce, tomato sandwiches and bacon, LETTUCE, TOMATO sandwiches.

My man claims that the first option is the 'real men variety' while the other caters for women who enjoy nibbling on greens and are always on diet anyway :)

No need to add that with bacon being the least healthy but in the same time the tastiest ingredient of the BLT, you're facing a cruel dilemma here.

Solving it is entirely up to you :)


Terry Pratchett knows a thing or two about BLT

Snuff: A Novel of Discworld (Discworl...

BLT - NOT the healthiest option on the menu

If you're worried about your cholesterol levels or calories, you should probably think twice before going for BLT. Let's be frank - fried bacon will never quite fit the 'healthy diet' definition. Neither will mayonnaise, and the modest (in most cases) quantities of lettuce and tomato really aren't that much when it comes to redeeming the BLT's image.

Being reasonably young and reasonably healthy, I usually answer these charges in the simplest possible way: who cares? Truth to be told, though, there are people who care and there are people who should care.

It is technically possible to skim a little fat off the BLT, so to speak. You can always use wholegrain bread or low-fat mayo. You can always pile so much lettuce and tomato slices on your bread that you will need a magnifying glass to find bacon. I've even heard of people using turkey bacon instead of the genuine article - don't even ask me what turkey bacon is, I got it off Wikipedia and have no wish of investigating further - but that's blasphemy.

The bottom line is this: authentic BLT is not exactly a healthy choice. If you have reasons to be concerned about this fact, avoid the BLT. Or consider it a rare treat, to be eaten once in a while, on special occasions.

BLT sandwich vs Ham sandwich

Which side are you on?


BLT in art and pop culture

Giant BLT, Claes Oldenburg's mixed media sculpture is housed in Whitney Museum of American Art and can be viewed here.

B.L.T. is a title of blues rock album by Jack Bruce, Bill Lordan and Robin Trower. Click here if you want to view its yummy cover.

The attempt to establish Guinness World Record for the biggest BLT in the world was first visualised by Michele Anna Jordan, the author of The BLT Cookbook.  This website tells the whole story (and includes some fantastic picture of the giant being made).  

According to Wikipedia, the record currently belongs to Bentley Dining Services for building a BLT 63.73 m long.  That's a lot of sandwich!

Updated: 09/30/2013, Tiggered
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koffeeklatchgals on 10/14/2012

I love Blt's and always will. They may not be the healthiest but they are the best.

Tiggered on 10/10/2012

Maybe unhealthy, but soooo delicious :) Thanks

Marie on 10/09/2012

Yum. Love full fat BLT ! Great pics :)

Tiggered on 10/05/2012

I love home grown veggies. I bet your BLT is delicious :)

Guest on 10/04/2012

Always keeping bacon in the freezer for a quick, easy meal. My SECRET for a memorable BLT? My own ruby red tomatoes picked straight off the vine! Heavenly!

CorreenK on 09/29/2012

For the two or three times a year I indulge in eating a BLT I'd rather not skimp. Love your drool worthy BLT photos.

dustytoes on 09/28/2012

Without real, bad-for-you bacon it's just not a BLT. I don't sweat this kind of stuff if I only eat it now and then. Love your pictures - can't look too long. ;)

Tiggered on 09/28/2012

I can clearly see a growing demand for the vegetarian version :)

JoHarrington on 09/28/2012

Katie, have you never tried this with fake bacon? It really works.

katiem2 on 09/28/2012

Great article, I must say I'll take the LT :)

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