Your taste buds will thank you in advance for following Spoon University and finding this article. Thanks to your wise decision, BLTs will never be the same again, or at least you will have trouble getting bored of them.

The foundation of every BLT should start with fresh cut lettuce, sweet tomatoes, smoky bacon, and freshly toasted bread.

As an upgrade to the foundational BLT, this extended recipe will unravel 7 drool-worthy ideas to take your BLT to the next level.

Of course no recipe is ever static, so feel free to mix and match the various upgrades according to your likings. Mixing up different types of breads or lettuces lead to more variety. Arugula also goes great with the addition of eggs. And wraps make for a great low-crumb, portable option.


Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Total Time: 10-20 minutes

Servings: One sandwich

The Foundation (Your basic BLT)
2 strips of bacon
1 tomato
2 slices of bread


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1. Wash and slice your tomato and lettuce.


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2. Cook your bacon as desired.

Note: using the microwave is faster and also cleaner, but cooking with the pan is just as adequate.


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3. Ready your ingredients. Toast your bread and apply mayo on the inside of each slice.


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4. Build your BLT with tomatoes placed at the center to prevent the bread from getting soggy.

5. Slice and enjoy.


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Upgrades to the Foundation

1. BLT with Horseradish Mayo


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ADD: Freshly grated horseradish or prepared horseradish

Mix 1-2 teaspoons of freshly grated horseradish, or use 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, with 1 tablespoon of mayo.

Spread the horseradish mayo onto each slice of bread and build your BLT. Garnish with pickled beets if you want.

2. BLT with Hummus


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ADD: Prepared or homemade hummus

Spread prepared or homemade hummus on each slice of bread, and then build your BLT.

3. BLT with Roasted Garlic Aioli


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ADD: Roasted garlic aioli

Mix 1 clove roasted garlic with 1 tablespoon mayo. Spread the garlic aioli on each slice of bread and build your BLT.

4. BLT with Egg (aka B.E.L.T.)

The Best BLT You Will Ever Eat

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ADD: An egg

Cook an egg. Then layer the egg at the centre of the sandwich with the tomato and garnish your BLT this way.

Note: Frying the egg or microwaving it with bacon works as well.

5. BLT with Avocado


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ADD: Avocado

Slice up a ripe avocado and layer it atop the tomato.

6. BLT with Tahini or Peanut Sauce


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ADD: Tahini or peanut sauce

Blend the following ingredients in a blender:

2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
½ cup well-stirred tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste) or peanut butter
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup water
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Spread the sauce on each slice of bread and build your BLT.

7. BLT with Sriracha Mayo


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ADD: Sriracha hot sauce

Mix 1-2 teaspoon of Sriracha with one tablespoon of mayo.

Spread the Sriracha mayo on each slice of bread or tortilla and build your BLT.


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