In honour of today being the 250th birthday of the sandwich I will give you a quick recipe for my favourite (well one of my favorites that doesn’t involve cheese). The BLT – Bacon, lettuce and tomato. This is my simple version – simple is good and it’s tasty.
Ingredients for two people (one sandwich per person):
- One pack of smoked back bacon (available in Sri Lanka too 🙂 )
- Bread (preferably fresh from the bakery and still warm…if it’s older toasted works well too, sliced)
- 2 or 3 plum tomatoes
- Lettuce (go for gem or iceberg lettuce if you like it crunchy, in Sri Lanka – pick the inner leaves of lettuce)
- MAYONNAISE (I say go for your favourite, mine is Hellmans….if it’s not available try making your own. I will blog a recipe soon)
- GOOD quality butter (yes on top of the mayo – it’s all about taste here, not diets)
- Some good quality vegetable oil or butter to fry (just a bit – good bacon gives off plenty of it’s own fat)
- Salt and pepper.
Heat your preferred oil or butter in a large frying pan until the oil is simmering or the butter is foaming, add the bacon. Fry until slightly browned and turn.
In the meantime (or before if you’re no good at multi-tasking 😉 ) – slice the tomatoes and chop the lettuce very finely. For each person butter one slice of bread and keep it on a plate, spread the other slice with mayonnaise (so you now have two slices facing upwards per person, one buttered, one mayo’ed). Get back to your bacon.
Now here is where it all depends on personal preference…I like mine crispy…if you don’t then take it of the heat when it looks done. If you’re like me and like it crispy I recommend another two turns in the pan…pressing down all the fatty rind bits (take care not to get the fat spitting on you). When you’re happy place the bacon on the buttered piece of bread (so the butter melts yummy), put a pinch of pepper on if you dare, throw on the lettuce leaves and then layer the tomato on top with a sprinkle of salt and more pepper (if you like a kick like me)…..finally put the mayo’ed slice of on top and enjoy.
Don’t hold back with this recipe – it’s not for the dieters amongst us….I sometimes dribble the fat from from the pan into the sandwich for extra measure…bliss. I’ll put my own photo up soon..but here is a taster (I borrowed this one off the web)….