Posted on 29 June 2010 by

Ode to the Tomato: Ultimate BLT Recipe Collection

bltBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Nothing beats a fresh tomato from one’s own garden.

Biting into the tomato is bliss that only the most famous poets can describe.

But another way the naked tomato can be served is the simple BLT.

I have often wondered who invented this so simple sandwich that practically covers all food groups in each bite.

The BLT can be rustic or gourmet and can be found at local dinners, fine dining establishments and even at the local gas station in the South. The simple BLT can be served for lunch and dinner or if on a low carb diet as a salad. The following recipes create 1 serving.

Basic BLT


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tomato slices
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce


  1. Toast bread to desired likeness.
  2. Slice tomato
  3. Take bread and spread mayonnaise on both slices.
  4. Place lettuce, then tomato slices, and finally the bacon.
  5. Place other slice of bread on top and cut in half.
  6. Then enjoy.

Breakfast BLT


  • 2 slices of bread, bagel, or biscuit
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon or Canadian bacon
  • Mayonnaise
  • 1 egg poached, scrambled, or fried
  • Lettuce, optional


  1. Toast bread, bagel or heat biscuit.
  2. Slice tomato.
  3. Spread bread with mayonnaise.
  4. To assemble sandwich place tomato, bacon, egg, and lettuce (optional) on bread.
  5. Eat and enjoy.

California Dreaming BLT


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 3 slices of cooked bacon
  • Sliced avocado
  • Bean sprouts


  1. Toast bread.
  2. Slice tomato and avocado.
  3. To assemble sandwich take tomato, avocado, and bacon and arrange on bread. Top with bean sprouts and place remaining bread on top.
  4. Mayonnaise can be added to this sandwich but the avocado creates the creaminess that replaces the mayonnaise.

Italian BLT


  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 3 thin slices of procuittio or sliced bacon
  • 3 slices of roasted peppers or prepare your own
  • Olive spread
  • Mozzarella cheese


1. Spread olive spread on both slices of bread.
2. Place meat, roasted red pepper slices, and cheese.
3. Place on paninni grill or cook in skillet like a grilled cheese sandwich.
4. Take off and enjoy with pepperoncinis.

BMT-Bacon, Mushroom, Tomato


  • 3 slices of cooked bacon
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 1 portabella mushroom
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Steak sauce or mayonnaise


  1. Grill mushroom until golden brown.
  2. Take 1 slice of bread and top with cooked bacon, grilled mushroom, and then tomato.
  3. Top with steak sauce or mayonnaise and top with remaining slice of bread
  4. Enjoy

BLT Pizza


  • Prebaked crust or make your own and lightly bake
  • Bacon, and prosciutto
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh tomatoes cut up into slices
  • Farmer’s cheese or fresh mozzarella
  • Chopped lettuce


  1. Prebake pizza crust if homemade. If using store bought prebaked, spread tomato sauce on crust and top with a mixture of bacon and prosciutto.
  2. Bake in oven at 400F for 30 minutes or follow prebaked crust directions.
  3. Take out and cool.
  4. Top with tomato slices, then fresh mozzarella, and finally chopped lettuce.
  5. Cut into serving slices and partake.

Hopefully this will get the creative juices flowing and you can come up with additional BLT recipes. I would like to hear about your own Ode to the Tomato BLT sandwich and your experience picking the tomato to put on the sandwich. I can tell you that doing this simple act leaves a person feeling great satisfaction with what he/she has accomplished and the taste is one that only poets can describe.

So write about your experience by commenting here. We’d like to hear the culinary stories you gardeners’ have to tell around the good old tiller.

So until next time y’all come back now yuh hear.

One Response to “Ode to the Tomato: Ultimate BLT Recipe Collection”

  1. Anita Says:

    Definitely have to try the breakfast BLT. Sounds so good!!

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