A mouth-watering roundup of new and creative ways to enjoy the classic BLT sandwich, from salads to pizzas, burgers, and more.
March 23, 2016
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Nothing says "America" quite like the classically refreshing combination of crispy bacon, fresh tomato, and crunchy lettuce. Want a better BLT? Go beyond two slices of toasted bread.
All the components of your favorite summer sandwich are here on this BLT Pizza with White Sauce—even the mayonnaise. Yes, it turns out adding some oil to the mayo makes a creamy sauce that fully covers the pie and gives a richer taste to the pizza.
We love the look of mezze penne, a smaller version of regular penne, but you can use any short pasta you like. The “lettuce” in this BLT is actually tender baby spinach. You could also substitute peppery arugula or even baby kale.
Based loosely on the flavors of a BLT, this salad is hearty and light at the same time. Don’t worry if it feels like you don’t have a lot of dressing; the luscious golden yolk makes a creamy sauce in the bowl.
Use the showiest farmers' market or garden tomatoes in a dish that deliciously combines a favorite sandwich and a classic Italian salad, with a touch of corn and basil thrown in for extra summery flair.
The great thing about this open-faced BLT-inspired sandwich is how seamlessly it can go from brunch to a fancy dinner.
Opt for focaccia without cheese or herbs, and choose one that doesn't look oily. Serve with a fruit salad of 1 cup blueberries and 2 cups strawberries at breakfast or brunch. Cook up a side of asparagus or toss up a hearty salad at dinner.
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Charred BLT Salad
Classic BLT ingredients receive an unexpected flavor boost from grilled romaine hearts. This hearty Charred BLT Salad starts with Romaine; then strips of prosciutto, crunchy whole-grain bread cubes, and cherry tomatoes are scattered on top—finishing with blue cheese that begins to melt when it hits the warm lettuce.
If you're looking for a fun twist on the typical fish taco, this Mahimahi BLT taco is for you. The bacon in the recipe gives a certain smokiness that you typically don't find in fish dishes. The classic tomato salsa on top is so flavorful, you might find yourself scooping it up with tortilla chips soon.
A new take on a familiar favorite pairs grilled cheese with a BLT for a luscious veggie-packed sandwich that feels like an indulgence. Serve with zesty dill pickle spears. If you have extra room in your budget, pair with a sweet-tart hard cider.
Update the traditional BLT sandwich with this scrumptious stacker. The grocery deli will slice prosciutto in very thin pieces, making three ounces of the good stuff more than enough for four sandwiches. For a zesty and pretty garnish, attach 1 small sweet gherkin pickle to the top of each sandwich with a toothpick. A toss-together fruit salad makes a speedy side.
When you're craving a BLT and have all the ingredients but the bread, toss together a quick BLT salad. A drizzle of homemade Sriracha mayo gives this salad bold, spicy flavor. Diced creamy avocado helps cool off the Sriracha heat.