The Perfect BLT (a picture tutorial)

I love a good BLT. There aren’t a lot of sandwiches that I like, but I really like a good BLT. None of this 1 piece of bacon on crumbly bread with wilted lettuce and half a tomato. No way. If you are going to eat a BLT. Make it a good one. There was one summer when I just about lived on the BLT from Arby’s. Well, that and soft tacos from Taco Bell. Look, don’t judge me. I was in college. 😉 Anyway, I loved that BLT from Arby’s. And recently I was thinking about that BLT and thought I might stop by Arby’s and get one. Well, wouldn’t you know, they don’t have it on the menu anymore! I was appalled! But thankfully I remember all the things I loved about that sandwich so I decided to recreate it at home. Prepare yourself for a very visual recipe. 😉

A Picture Tutorial: The Perfect BLT

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You have to start with good quality bread. No cheap-o bread. Something dense is best. I went Italian for this sandwich, but a 9 grain would be really good with this too.

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Add Peppered Mayo. One of the most important parts. You need that extra zing. I took a scoop of olive oil mayonnaise and cracked some fresh pepper into it. I added a squirt of lemon juice and it was perfect.

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Make sure your peppered mayo covers the entire surface of both slices of bread. You want every bite to be incredible!

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Add lettuce. I like red leaf because it’s pretty. Use whatever you like, just be sure it is good and crisp! No wilted lettuce on this majestic sandwich!

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Pick a ripe tomato and cut thick slices for your sandwich. Maybe eat a slice or two on the side (with fresh cracked salt and pepper is my fav!).

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Ah, yes. Now it’s time to add the bacon. I like center cut bacon in general so that’s what I had on hand for this. It would be even better with thick cut slices. But since I didn’t have this this day, I improvised…

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Double the bacon! Perfect! Now, this is looking like a solid BLT!

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This is probably obvious, but now it’s time to close your sandwich. And gaze upon the beauty of your artistry.

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Now slice it in half. Because sandwiches taste better after they’ve been sliced in half. Also they are a lot easier to eat in halves.

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Gaze upon the beauty one last time because that sandwich isn’t going to sit there long once you try a bite. 😉

And that, my friends, concludes today’s picture tutorial of how I make a BLT sandwich. Cheers!
Love Rach

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28 responses to “The Perfect BLT (a picture tutorial)

  1. Oh this looks so tasty! I totally agree that sandwiches taste better when they’ve been cut in half.

    And pepper mayo!! Genius. Genius, my friend.

  2. don’t judge me but i don’t think i’ve ever had a BLT. i’m not the biggest fan of bacon, to be honest. i can feel the judgement hahahaha just kidding. that bread looks delicious though.

  3. This is the way I would do my bacon for a blt too!

  4. Yum yum yum! I’m obsessed with sandwiches and lunch meat has been (by far) the hardest thing for me to give up since pregnant – I’ve been living off of BLT’s!!

  5. thehipandthrifty

    BLT. YES. I like mine with cheddar cheese and some mild guacamole, but not too much. MMMMMmmm. Bacon….. 🙂

  6. So, BLTs are my #1 favorite sandwich ever! I would add one essential step to your tutorial: toast the bread first. It makes for a crispier sandwhich and keeps the bread from getting soggy in the middle with the mayo.

    • That’s a good idea! Weirdly enough I only like toasted bread if there’s melty cheese involved, ha! But Christopher loves crispy things always. I should try toasting the bread for his BLT the next time we make them. He’d like that!

  7. The mayo….genius! Now I want a BLT…so badly. YUM!!!

  8. I am now CRAVING a BLT! Gasp, this looks so good!! (Although I’ve never tried it with un-toasted bread, now that I think of it. But I certainly wouldn’t discriminate! There’s bacon in the sandwich. Enough said, it’s delish)! 🙂
    I like how you ‘doctored’ the mayo a bit. I’ve never tried that, but I will in the future! It all sounds sooooo good!! 🙂
    If only I could reach into my computer and grab that sandwich for a taste. Ha, ha. YUM!

    • Let me know what you think if you try the peppered mayo! It’s so yummy! And you aren’t the only one to mention toasted bread being an important part of a BLT. I tend to only like crispy bread if there’s melty cheese involved (ha!), but Christopher likes it all the time! So I should try making his with toasted bread next time! That’s a great idea! 🙂

  9. I never thought to add a little pepper to the mayo. This looks way too good… I love that you gave pictures of each step to make sure to pass the craving along. 😉

  10. love the idea of the pepper…genius!

  11. haha I love the photo tutorial! I don’t eat bacon (I know!), but I love a good veggie/cheese sammy. 🙂

  12. Oh I love a good crisp BLT! Do you ever watch The Kitchen? I like their sandwich rule on mayo or sauces….”crust to crust in a must” lol. Definitely a must.

  13. Love this! I am so with you on spreading condiments all the way across the bread. So important!! You’re so right that sandwiches literally taste better when they’re cut in half, haha.

  14. I LOVE BLT’s! And yours looks delicious. I’m feeling a bit ripped off though, because never ever has Canadian Arby’s carried a BLT! I hate when chains withhold that kind of goodness from us! 😉

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