Do you love a good old classic BLT? If so, then this article should give you some great ideas for fun twists on an American favorite!
A BLT, or a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is a classic favorite of a lot of people. However, as a vegetarian I have to put a small spin on this favorite snack of mine, and even my boyfriend loves them. He prefers my BLT to a trip to Subway, and there are a few twists you can make with this simple sandwich to make it enjoyable to meat eaters and veggies alike.
I use those fake soy bacon bits for my sandwiches instead of real bacon. Before you cringe, my boyfriend is an avid hunter who would eat the butt out of a skunk so long it’s meat, and he’ll eat those little soy bacon chips like a snack. Cheap and readily available in any grocery store (where you buy real bacon bits), these soy bacon bits make a veggie BLT taste like the real thing.
So a vegetarian can enjoy a delicious BLT without having real bacon in the mix. What other ways can you class up the sandwich for a yummy flavor without taking away from that classic taste?
Our favorite variation is simply substituting the lettuce for either alfalfa sprouts or red onion. It’s delicious and compliments the tomato and bacon bits perfectly. We’re not huge lettuce eaters (a head of lettuce always turns into a brown sticky mess before we even remember we have it), and most of our BLTs are actually filled with sprouts, onion, or fresh spinach leaves- all delicious twists without changing the true feel of a BLT.
Adding pepper or garlic salt to the sandwich (or all 3) really compliments it well. Ever had a tomato with just pepper on it? Scrumptious. Garlic brings out the tomato flavor, and really adds to the mix, making the tomato shine.
For when you don’t have a tomato, salsa spread on with the mayo is a great change up without having to sacrifice flavor. I’ve done this when I’m too lazy to chop up a tomato as well.
To really boost up that BLT you can add a few slices of avocado, or a Swiss cheese. This doesn’t take away from the classic sandwich at all, just turns it into a super BLT. You’d be surprised at what just adding mustard to the mix does as well. Yum!
My all-time favorite BLT? The classic version with red onion added to it. Red onion slices make the tomato even more juicy and the lettuce have greater flavor, and mixed with the mayo and soy bacon bits gives the sandwich a real filling bite.
Also, wheat bread hands down is the best bread for a BLT. It holds the contents great and the wheat flavor adds so much to this simple joyous sandwich.
Vegetarians and meat lovers will unite in eating a classic BLT with soy bacon bits and adding a few of the great ingredients that make this favorite sandwich truly special.