Classic BLT Sandwich.

This simple, but delicious sandwich is a summer staple that you will want to eat again and again. Three simple ingredients - bacon, lettuce and tomato - but yet so elevated and full of flavor. We used homemade mayo and that helped really make it the best sandwich ever.

This time of year there is always an abundance of beautiful summer tomatoes in my garden, and one of my favorite things to do with them is to make a BLT. To me, the perfect BLT has to have the perfect tomato, it’s the hero of the sandwich.

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I start the assembly process by sprinkling my garden-ripe tomato slices with sea salt and cracked black pepper and placing them on top of lightly toasted bread that has been slathered with my homemade mayo. I was skeptical about this one, but it was totally worth it. If you’re not up for the challenge then I always recommend Dukes Mayo, just a personal preference but it’s a Southern staple and full of tang which I love.

I add crispy bacon (I use turkey bacon but the rest of my family and everyone everywhere else, prefers regular) and a handful of peppery arugula to take it to the next level.

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BLT

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This simple but classic sandwich highlights the perfect summer tomato.

ingredients:

  • 1 pound good-quality bacon
  • 3 large beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Arugula 
  • 1/3 cup of homemade mayo
  • 8 pieces of good-quality white bread

instructions:

How to cook BLT

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place the bacon strips in a single layer on a foil-lined sheet tray. Bake the bacon until just crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2.  Meanwhile, sprinkle the tomato slices with salt and pepper and transfer to a paper towel to drain.
  3.  Toast slices of bread and set aside until ready to assemble sandwiches
  4. When the bacon is ready, transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. 
  5.  To assemble, spread a thick layer of  mayonnaise on the bread, then layer the tomatoes, bacon, and arugula and top with remaining slices of bread. Slice the sandwich in half or in triangles and serve. Enjoy!
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BLT heirloomed

I love the simplicity of this sandwich. Another tip is that slathering both sides with the mayo will give it a lot of tangy flavor, but will also keep the thick slices of tomatoes a bit more in place when you take a bite.

you can also check out more about my garden-fresh tomatoes here!

BLT heirloomed
BLT heirloomed

I hope you enjoy this staple while the tomatoes are still perfect and ripe. I’d love to know your favorite ways to use tomatoes in the summer when they are just at their peak. Let me know in the comments below.


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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Homemade Mayo.

This post is part of our on-going Southern Kitchen Bucket List series, an attempt to try and master all the staple foods + recipes from a classic Southern kitchen. This recipe “how-to” for making homemade mayonnaise (aka mayo) elevates this go-to condiment to a whole other level.

In my opinion, mayo makes everything taste so much better. It adds the perfect amount of moisture and zing to sandwiches, and it’s something that I think tastes even better when it’s homemade. I was skeptical about trying this out, even after I got started, but trust me - once you make this on your own you’ll never want to buy it at the store again.

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The best part about homemade mayo is that it can literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand right this moment to pop in your kitchen and give it a try. And, my whole family can really taste the difference between the mayo I make at home and the kind I buy from the grocery store.

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Homemade Mayo.

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This creamy mayo spread is perfect for your sandwiches and burgers.

ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks 
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil 

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Mayo.

  1. In a large bowl or wide-mouth mason jar, add olive oil, vinegar, egg yolks, mustard powder, and lemon juice. 
  2. With a hand blender, mix ingredients together until the blend reaches a creamy consistency. This usually takes about 30 seconds. 
  3. Spread this on your favorite sandwich bread and enjoy!
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For this recipe you can use a food processor, Vitamix or immersion blender (which is what I chose to use and is shown here - also great for making hot soups and milkshakes too.

homemade mayo heirloomed

This mayo is perfect to add to egg salad, chicken salad, or on a BLT sandwich. I also discovered it makes an amazing aioli type dressing atop roasted Brussels sprouts, but more to come on that one later.

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homemade mayo blended heirloomed

I am so happy I decided to try out this Southern staple. I am so happy to check this one off of my Southern Kitchen Bucket List Series. You can check out some other classic recipes there as well. I’d love to know if you’ve ever tackled homemade mayo before. Let me know in the comments below.


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