Okay, so I feel a little silly posting how to make BLTs on my blog. Obviously I am aware that most people can make a BLT! What's a little different with mine is the addition of basil and olive oil. I have experimented making a basil aioli for the sandwiches but found that just by adding the ingredients of the aioli (the basil, mayo, olive oil, salt and pepper) to the sandwich was just as yummy and saved getting out the food processor. These sandwiches are easy to make, easy to adapt to your preferences, classically delicious and one of our favorite things to whip up for lunch.
BLTs with Basil
one loaf bread of your choice
one package bacon or turkey bacon
mayonaise or Vegenaise
one head of romaine lettuce or one bunch of arugula
2-3 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
handful of fresh basil, roughly torn
extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
In a frying pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy on both sides and set aside on paper towels while you assemble the rest of your ingredients. Lay out your slices of bread and spread a bit of mayonnaise on each slice. Place a good amount of the lettuce or arugula on half of the bread slices. Drizzle with a a tiny bit of olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top the lettuce with plenty of tomato slices and about 2 tablespoons of torn basil. Cut each slice of bacon in half before adding it to the sandwiches, each sandwich should get two full slices of bacon. Top the sandwiches with the spare slice of bread, cut in half, and serve.
Downloadable Recipe: BLTs with Basil