This BLT sandwich recipe is made with crispy bacon, fresh lettuce and tomato, and topped with a homemade garlic lemon basil mayo for a twist!
When it comes to sandwiches, it's hard to beat a BLT. This version is dressed up a bit with the addition of a lemon garlic herb basil mayo. It makes this classic sandwich even tastier!
Bacon is basically a food group in America and my favorite way to utilize it is to whip up a batch of these BLT sandwiches. A BLT is a classic American sandwich made with toasted bread, bacon, lettuce, sliced tomato, and mayo.
A BLT strikes a delicious balance of tastes and textures. It combines salty bacon with tangy tomatoes and the mayo provides a bit of sweetness. The bacon and bread are crispy, the lettuce and tomato cool, and the mayo creamy.
It's delicious as-is, but I like to take it up a notch with the addition of an herb mayo. It's made with garlic, lemon juice, and fresh basil leaves.
The lemon basil mayo gives this classic sandwich a gourmet twist. It takes almost no time to prepare and adds a lot of flavor to an already tasty sandwich!
- How To Dress Up A BLT Sandwich
- Ingredients For A BLT Sandwich
- How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
- How To Cook Bacon On The Stove Top
- How To Make Lemon Basil Mayo
- Can I Use Dried Basil Instead Of Fresh?
- How To Make A BLT with Lemon Basil Mayo
- What Type Of Bread Is Best?
- What To Serve With A BLT Sandwich
- How To Store Leftovers
- BLT with Lemon Basil Mayo
How To Dress Up A BLT Sandwich
One of my favorite ways to dress up any recipe is to add some fresh herbs to it. Fresh herbs brighten up any dish with extra freshness and flavor. They help to wake up all of the other flavors in the dish.
Herbs also add lots of color and visual appeal to everything from soups to salads to casseroles.
During the summer, I love to grow fresh herbs of all kinds in the garden. Having an abundance of herbs means that anything I prepare during those months is probably laden with them.
The lemon basil mayo used to make this BLT is one of them. I love to make these sandwiches during the summer months with fresh basil from the garden, but it's easy enough to grab from the supermarket any other time of year.
Ingredients For A BLT Sandwich
Here's what you'll need to make it.
- 8 slices Gluten Free Sandwich Bread (or regular sandwich bread if not gluten free)
- 1 lb. Bacon (gluten free)
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1 package Green Leaf Lettuce (or any leafy greens)
- 1 cup Mayo
- 2 cloves Garlic
- ¼ cup Lemon Juice
- 1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
- ⅛ tsp. each Kosher Salt and Pepper
How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
The star of a BLT sandwich is, of course, bacon.
As for the bacon, I find that a thick-cut variety works better when making sandwiches. It holds its shape better after cooked and makes for a heartier sandwich.
This recipe calls for 1 package (equals1 lb.) of bacon, but you can certainly make more if you really like to pile it on, or if you'd like some leftovers for breakfast.
Make sure to use a gluten free brand of bacon if gluten is an issue for you.
I used to cook bacon on the stove top, but recently a friend turned me on to baking it in the oven. Baking the bacon in the oven ensures that it is crispy when cooked, drastically reduces the amount of grease in the cooking process, and is overall much easier than frying it on the stove top.
- To make the bacon in the oven, start by heating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Line the bacon on the baking sheets, being careful not to overcrowd them.
- Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on desired crispiness.
- Remove the baking sheets from the oven and place the cooked bacon on some paper towels to drain.
- Discard the aluminum foil or parchment paper once the bacon is cooked.
How To Cook Bacon On The Stove Top
If you prefer to cook bacon on the stove top, it's best to cook in batches so as not to crowd the pan and to keep the splatter level to a minimum.
- Place the first batch of bacon in a skillet on the stove top. I love to use a cast iron skillet for bacon, because the grease creates a nice seasoning.
- Place the cast iron skillet on the stove top and heat to medium-low.
- Cook the first batch until the edges start to curl. I prefer to cook bacon on lower heat because it cuts down on the splatter factor and it prevents the bacon from burning.
- Cook for roughly 6 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for another 6 minutes on the second side, depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
- Once the first batch is finished, remove it from the skillet and place on some paper towels to drain. Drain any excess grease from the skillet and repeat with the remainder of the bacon.
How To Make Lemon Basil Mayo
The lemon basil mayo adds another great level of flavor to this BLT. The lemon juice provides a tangy kick and the basil adds an element of freshness to the sandwich.
This sauce feels light, even though it's made with mayo. The brightness of the sauce helps to balance the heaviness of the bacon.
It's super easy to make and can be prepared while the bacon is cooking in the oven.
All that's needed to make this basil mayo is to add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until completely combined.
- To make the sauce, add 1 cup mayo, 2 cloves garlic, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, and ⅛ tsp. each kosher salt and pepper to a food processor.
- Pulse all of the ingredients until completely combined.
Can I Use Dried Basil Instead Of Fresh?
I do not recommend using dried basil instead of fresh when making this herb mayo. Dried basil is not nearly as flavorful as fresh and as a result will make for a flavorless sauce.
Jarred basil pesto is a great substitute for fresh basil if you aren't able to find it. If using jarred basil pesto, sub ½ cup of it in place of the fresh basil leaves.
Keep in mind that most brands of jarred basil pesto contains dairy if dairy is an issue for you.
How To Make A BLT with Lemon Basil Mayo
Once the bacon is cooked and the lemon basil mayo prepared, there are only a few more steps needed to prepare the sandwich.
I like to use Roma tomatoes when making sandwiches, but you can use any type of tomato you like.
As for the greens, I prefer leafy green lettuce, because it's a bit more sturdy than some of the more delicate lettuce varieties. It holds its shape and does not easily fall off the sandwich.
- To assemble the sandwich, cut 2 Roma tomatoes into slices.
- Toast 8 slices of sandwich bread in the toaster or in the oven. If toasting the bread in the oven, place the bread slices on a baking sheet and heat for 3-4 minutes on the first side. Flip the bread, and toast for an additional 3-4 minutes on the second side.
- Slather a generous amount of the lemon basil mayo onto one (or both) slices of the toasted bread.
- Place 1-2 pieces of leafy green lettuce onto one half of the sandwich.
- Add 2-3 tomato slices on top of the lettuce.
- Finish with 4 slices of the cooked bacon (feel free to cut the bacon in half if needed).
- Place the second slice of bread on top of the bacon and cut the sandwich in half. Repeat with the remainder of the sandwiches.
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What Type Of Bread Is Best?
Like all good sandwiches this BLT is messy and a little hard to eat. A good sandwich is not a dainty thing. Some of the best sandwiches I've ever had probably should have come with a bib.
If gluten is not an issue for you any variety of hearty sandwich bread like sourdough, Texas Toast, or white bread is perfect.
You can also go the low carb route with this recipe by chopping all the ingredients into pieces and adding them to a gluten free low carb wrap.
What To Serve With A BLT Sandwich
I love dishes like this because they're great on their own, or paired with a light salad or side dish like roasted veggies.
How To Store Leftovers
It's best to store all of the components of these sandwiches separately in the refrigerator, so that the bread doesn't get soggy.
The cooled bacon, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce may be stored separately in airtight containers.
Any leftover lemon basil mayo may be stored for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Feel free to use any leftover mayo as a sandwich spread spread or dip for veggies.
This dish is best served fresh and I do not recommend freezing it.
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BLT with Lemon Basil Mayo
For The Sandwich:
- 8 slices gluten free sandwich bread can use any sandwich bread if not gluten free
- 1 lb. bacon make sure brand is gluten free
- 2 Roma tomatoes or tomatoes of choice
- 1 bunch leafy green lettuce or greens of choice
For The Lemon Basil Mayo:
- Pulse all of these ingredients until completely combined.
For The Sandwich:
- Cut 2 Roma tomatoes (or tomatoes of choice) into slices and tear a few large pieces from a head of leafy green lettuce.
- Toast 8 slices of gluten free sandwich bread (or any bread if not gluten free) using toaster, toaster oven, or in the oven.If toasting the bread in the oven, place the bread slices on a baking sheet and heat for 3-4 minutes on the first side. Flip the bread, and toast for an additional 3-4 minutes on the second side.
To Cook Bacon In Oven:
- Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place the bacon on the baking sheets, being careful not to overcrowd it.
- Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on desired crispiness.Remove the baking sheets from the oven and place the cooked bacon on some paper towels to drain.
To Cook Bacon On Stove Top:
- Place a cast iron skillet or skillet of choice on the stove top. Add the first batch of bacon to the cold skillet and then bring the heat to medium-low. Cook the first batch of bacon on medium-low for roughly 6 minutes per side. Flip and cook for an additional 6 minutes on the second side, or until bacon reaches desired crispiness.Cooking times will vary depending on the desired crispness of the bacon.
- When bacon has reached desired crispiness remove with a tongs and place on a paper towel to drain.Drain any excess grease from the pan and repeat the process until all the bacon has cooked.
- To assemble, slather a generous amount of the lemon basil mayo onto one (or both) slices of the toasted bread.
- Place 1-2 pieces of leafy green lettuce onto one half of the sandwich. Add 2-3 tomato slices on top of the lettuce.
- Finish with 4 slices of the cooked bacon (feel free to cut the bacon in half if needed).Place the second slice of bread on top of the bacon and cut the sandwich in half. Repeat with the remainder of the sandwiches.