by Karen on Monday, March 28, 2011

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The other day, my sister and I were quizzing each other on our knowledge of internet shorthand after she told me she had just found out what TTYL meant. After poking fun at each other's lack of lingo-savviness, I realized that our vocabulary was slowly being taken over by a slew of convenient acronyms– well convenient for the typer. Not so convenient for the de-coder that has to guess what IYKWIM stands for. I mean, WTF right? I suppose this is what constant tweeting, g-chatting, and texting will do to one's vernacular.

And while the world of food has not quite developed its own shorthand (although some people seem to have pretty strong feelings about the use of EVOO), the BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) sandwich has been around since the turn of the century. One of the most popular sandwiches in the US and the UK, the BLT is one of those classic sandwiches that showcases the beauty of simplicity. It's often my default sandwich that I end up ordering when nothing on the $4 value menu looks “safe.” Despite its popularity in restaurants, BLTs are rarely made by the home cook and I don't know why. There are only 5 ingredients and made with good ingredients the BLT is a revelation, unparalleled by anything you'd eat at a restaurant. So, DIY this BLT and scream OMG this RMW (Rocks My World)!

Makes 2 sandwiches
*Use top notch ingredients here. It's the best bang for your buck in this kind of application.

– 6 slices of good thick cut bacon
– 1 large heirloom tomato, sliced into ½ inch thick slices
– Boston (or Bibb) lettuce, rinsed and dried
– good quality white bread
– mayonnaise (use your favorite brand or make your own if you're up for the task. I love Japanese mayonnaise– like Kewpie brand– so that's what I used this time)
– Sea salt or kosher salt

I like flat crispy bacon so to achieve these results there are a couple ways I like to make mine:

  1. Oven method (overall less messy and smelly): Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees put a wire cooling rack over a baking sheet. Make sure your baking sheet has a lip so grease doesn't drip off the sides. Place the bacon evenly spaced and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until it gets nice and browned
  2. Stove top method (if you're going for that bacon air-freshener scent): I use a cast iron griddle skillet because I find the grooves help keep the bacon nice and flat. If you don't have one try using a cast iron skillet. If you don't have that– any skillet will do. Lay the bacon (make sure they don't overlap) in the pan and then turn the heat up to medium heat. Don't pre-heat your pan! As the fat slowly renders you can turn up your heat a little higher to medium high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes and then flip over and cook on the other side for about 5-7 minutes until it gets crispy.

    *Remember bacon crisps up as it cools so it will never be super crispy right when it comes off the heat. If it is crispy while in the pan, you probably overcooked it.

Drain the bacon onto a paper towel. Slice your white bread. I like my BLT with non-toasted bread but if you prefer it toasted, you can do so. The BLT gods won't object, but Valerie might.

Slather both sides with mayonnaise and lay down a couple pieces of lettuce

3 slices of bacon

A thick slice of juicy tomato.  Sprinkle a small pinch of good salt over the tomato.

Top it off with the other slice and enjoy!



Belinda @zomppa March 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

OMG this totally awesome, IYKWIM (had to look that one up!) As we used to say before “social media,” LYLAS.

Karen March 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

Totes LOL!

Lana March 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

LOL! I consult my College Kritter for Internet acronyms, risking the predictable eye-roll:) I like to be informed, but it seems like I am always plodding behind the times:)
That BLT looks amazing! I have no idea why I don’t make it more often (and I would never order something so simple in a restaurant – go figure:)
Looking forward to summer tomatoes!

Dina Avila March 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

Seriously! I have know idea what kids are saying these day! Truth be told, I absolutely abhor internet acronyms. Bastardization of our language, if you ask me. But then again, I’m a purist…and I LOVE words.
Anyway, love the post and you’ve inspired me to make a BLT. Would you believe I’ve never had one! gasp!

Karen March 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

O have one right away!!

Valerie March 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Just ate dinner but I’m drooling!! And yes, TOAST THAT BREAD ALL THE WAY FROM WTF SO IT TURNS TO CHARCOAL!! (Wednesday Through Friday LOL)

Karen March 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

I knew you’d disapprove of my non-toastage 🙂

elle marie March 29, 2011 at 6:44 am

A BLT never looked so freak’n awesomely delicious before. Gesh.. makes me want to go out and buy bacon at 11 pm.

Sasha (Global Table Adventure) March 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

Love the ingredients – all super fresh and voluptuous. Just look at those tomatoes! Bibb lettuce is the bestuce – nice choice. I am of the toasted bread camp, too BTW 😉

Karen March 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

Actually I’m on the toasted camp too– just this one exception 🙂

Turkey's For Life March 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I love BLTs. Great photos – oh, and thanks for translating RMW because I would have been left trying to decipher that one. We’re not very good with all this use of acronyms. Maybe we should learn and get more value from our Tweets! 🙂

Karen March 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

I’ve had to google plenty of acronyms before too so you’re not alone on that one!

Sues March 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

I LOVE BLTs and this looks delicious!! The bacon looks amazing!! I feel like I’m pretty good with tech acronyms because they just started being used when I was in high school (I’m 28 now), but even I didn’t know why RMW was! 🙂

Lentil Breakdown March 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Well, I have given up bacon, but I bought some Fakin’ Bacon yesterday (tastes nothing like real bacon but it’s really tasty in its own right), and I think I’ll make me a big FBLT! I only hope I don’t bastardize the sandwich like we’ve done the language.

Karen April 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

FBLT– love it!

Sarah April 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

I’d never seen IYKWIM before, but then again I’m not all that good with that stuff. Stunning last picture of the BLT by the way!

Veronica April 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

This definitely looks like an upgraded version of BLT. I don’t think I can order another BLT from Denny’s after seeing pics of this one. I think I’ll try this for lunch on Saturday. Thanks for sharing and my tummy thanks you too.

Ruby July 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Beautiful sandwich – those tomatoes are really gorgeous too. When I was in the US, a BLT had to have Miracle Whip to make me happy, but we don’t get that here in the UK so I suffer. Yes, I suffer.

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