What is better for a summer dinner than a BLT? But remember that all BLTs are not created equal. Sandwich making is truly an art–I have always been sort of a magnificent sandwich maker, and although it’s not complicated and doesn’t require mad cooking skills, it does require finesse and taking your time to make sure all the ingredients are spectacular. Creating a magnificent sandwich is all about curating your ingredients.
A fabulous BLT starts with oven bacon, which is such an easy way to get it crispy and perfect every time while eliminating the mess. As the bacon is cooking, you can get the rest of the ingredients ready: toast some delicious bread, then slather it with creamy mayo–but why not go a little crazy and guild the lily with a spicy mayo and my Creamy Chive Citrus Dressing? With summer at its peak, now is the moment to celebrate beautiful summer tomatoes, sliced and salted. During the off-season, use your Tomato Confit. I always have some on hand. We added avocado, but feel free to change it up and add a fried egg instead. If you take the time to make sure all your ingredients are perfect, you’re totally going to want to make this on repeat. By the way, turkey bacon is fantastic, and you can absolutely use a plant-based “bacon” if you’re vegan.
I like a substantial green to hold up to the sandwich, such as arugula or baby romaine, but see what you can find at your local farmers market or contact a local farmer who may have a farm stand that you can regularly support. Farm vegetables tend to be less expensive and fresher.
Toasting the bread makes such a difference. Slather the mayo on one slice, and on the other slice use the Creamy Chive Citrus Dressing. One fantastic trick is to have everything ready and the bacon just slightly underdone, then finish the bacon in the oven for a couple of minutes right when you’re ready to use it, so it will be perfectly lovely. Assemble in this order: bread, mayo, tomatoes, salt, a dash of balsamic vinegar, bacon, avocado, greens, dressing, and the second slice of delicious toasted bread. I dare you not to repeat this the following day. If you enjoy this as much as I do, you will definitely want to have another the next day!Print
1 package of Bacon
Gluten-free Bread (I used Canyon, but use your favorite!)
1– 2 tomatoes, sliced thick
1 – 2 avocados, sliced thick
Sriracha or hot sauce of choice
Pre-heat oven to 375F.
Make your spicy mayo by mixing a quarter cup or more of mayonnaise and teaspoon of sriracha. Use more or less sriracha or hot sauce to taste. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Place the bacon on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and cook until crispy, about 18 minutes.
Using a grill (or toaster, if preferred) toast the bread, about 1 to 2 minutes a side.
Note: This depends on your grill and bread, so keep looking at it so it won’t burn.
Assemble your BLT:
Spread 1 tablespoon of the Creamy Citrus Chive dressing on one piece of the toasted bread. Add ¼ cup arugula, tomato (make sure to salt your tomatoes), avocados, and bacon. On the other slice of bread, spread spicy mayo and close your delicious BLT.
Keywords: gluten free BLT, gluten free sandwich