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Prepare this American classic with the finest ingredients, such as Comstock bacon, plump Jersey tomatoes, and fresh bread. Enjoy a BLT when tomatoes are at their peak in late summer and early fall.

  • Yield: Makes 2 sandwiches

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1035


  • 12 slices thickly cut bacon
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread, such as pain de mie (Pullman), sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Mayonnaise
  • 1 small head Bibb or Boston lettuce
  • 1 to 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 basil leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay 12 strips of bacon on a cooling rack placed over a parchment-lined baking sheet; transfer to oven, and bake until crisp and browned, 15 to 18 minutes.

  2. Toast bread, and spread one side of each slice with mayonnaise. Arrange lettuce on two slices; top with basil leaf, tomatoes, and bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Top with remaining bread slices, and cut on the diagonal. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

For a little variety, add different ingredients to make new sandwiches, like a BLAT (with avocado), a BLOAT (with onion and avocado), or a BBT (with basil instead of lettuce). Note: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, young children, or anyone whose health is compromised.

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