How to Build the Perfect BLT

Photo by: Romulo Yanes
The Ultimate BLT-
Walk into any diner in America and you can get a decent BLT, with crispy-enough bacon, plenty of mayo, and white, wheat, or rye toast. It's the L and the T that ... more 
Photo by: Romulo Yanes
The Ultimate BLT-
Walk into any diner in America and you can get a decent BLT, with crispy-enough bacon, plenty of mayo, and white, wheat, or rye toast. It's the L and the T that usually leave you wanting: You're typically dealing with a few leaves of middling iceberg and mealy, out-of-season tomatoes.

But come August, when your local farmers' market is literally overflowing with choice produce, this sandwich graduates from reliable to transcendent.

With this in mind, we put together a guide to your best-ever BLT, from start to finish. You'll find our favorite purveyors of thick-cut small-batch bacon, tips for how to perfectly toast the bread to a golden sheen, a homemade herb-garlic mayo recipe, and more.

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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 4:19 PM EST
Geraldine Campbell, Bon Appétit



In late summer, when farmers' market are overflowing with choice produce, this classic sandwich graduates from reliable to transcendent. Here's how to make the ultimate version.