Oddly enough, I don't think I've ever made a BLT at home, and it's also one of those things I perhaps order once a year at a restaurant. But man is it good. Lightly toasted bread, slathered with tangy mayo, luscious ripe heirloom tomatoes, salty decadent bacon, and crispy fresh lettuce. I MEAN.
The big ticket item here that really started the whole thing was the heirloom. Here we are, in the midst of summer, in prime heirloom season and all I wanted was to luxuriate in that juiciness, and so I did.
After work I convinced my driver-roomie-significant other-landlord to accompany me to Whole Foods, I figured this might get him excited about his impending dinner... letting him help select the bacon and all.
Here's what we ended up with:
- 3 GORGEOUS heirlooms, of which I used one and could only even eat half of what I sliced up (don't worry the leftovers are being put to good use - more to come). Also side note the guy who rang us up looked at this wonky lopsided hunk of glory and said, defeated,"ugh this was the one I had been eyeing". Sad, but it was mine - sorry!!!
- Whole Foods French Pan loaf
- 4 strips of WF Original Pork bacon
- 4 strips of WF Maple Pork bacon
- 4 strips of WF Savory Pork bacon
- Salt & Vinegar Chips
- Cole Slaw
*At home I had mayo and mini romaine/gem lettuce*
Once home, I got cookin'. The bacon went in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes on a baking sheet until crispy around the edges.
I started by slicing the big yellow/red/orange heirloom and quickly realized it would be PLENTY, and so to test it, I snuck myself a little hunk of bread with mayo and piled a few slices on top - salt and pepper. DONE.
Once the tomato was sliced I rinsed and dried my lettuce and sliced up some bread. When the bacon was done and resting on a few paper towels, I took just a minute or so to lightly toast the bread. I don't know about you, but I want my bread starting to crisp without a trace of brown. This way it holds up to the mayo and tomato, but still has enough integrity to meld into the shape of it's innards (the B, the L, & the T). I wish I had gotten a picture of it in it's glory, but once I got hold of my sando there was no putting it down to take a photo of the inside.
So, without further ado.... here she is:
|Heirlooms, Bread, what more could a girl need|
|This cook needed a tasting mid prep|
|Basically the light shining on this plate was from the heavens|
|Here we go|
|Mayo (check), Tomato (check), Bacon (Check)|
|Time to devour|
Happy Fourth Yall! Maybe if you're lucky you'll find some beautiful tomatoes and make yourself a classic American BLT this holiday weekend!