The BLT is, to me, the perfect sandwich. It's easy and economical to make and has such a great combination of textures and tastes, how can you not love it? Especially in the summertime, when flavorful peak-season tomatoes are abundant, and crisp lettuce can easily be found at grocery stores and farmers markets. Structural integrity is important to any sandwich, but flimsy ingredients will really kill a BLT. You want sturdy strips of bacon with a nice toothsome quality, hearty slices of bread that hold up to a good toasting and beefsteak tomatoes cut into big, blocky slices (to hell with a little juice running down your chin). And while your basic version—the B, L and T trio on toast topped with a little mayo—certainly stands on its own, don't be afraid to go all sandwich artist and try some more modern variations. Here are a few suggestions to take your BLT the extra mile.
Add a few slices or mash it up and use the spread as a healthier alternative to mayonnaise.