What do you get when you cross your favorite sandwich with your favorite breakfast bread? The most delicious BLT Bagel you've ever had in your life!Jump to Recipe
I don't know why I've never thought to mix a bagel with a BLT before, but let me tell you - these BLT Bagel Sandwiches are one of the best things I've made all year. The combo of the salty bacon, fresh tomato, and tangy mayo just WORK with the bagel.
When you make a BLT with normal sandwich bread, I think the bread can get lost in the other ingredients, but the bagel is hefty enough to hold it's own against a lot of big flavors.
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How To Make The Best Bacon
Bacon cooking methods vary widely, but for my money, especially for BLT's, baking your bacon is the way to go. You end up with uniformly cooked bacon every time, which is hard to do with the pan fry method.
To bake bacon: preheat your oven to 400. Take a sheet pan and cover it with foil for easy cleanup, then set a cooling rack over the sheet. Line your bacon on the cooling rack, and bake for 15-20 minutes depending on how thick the bacon is, and how crispy you want it. Start checking it after 15 minutes.
If you don't have a cooling rack, you can put the bacon directly on the foil, but you'll need to flip it halfway through to ensure it bakes evenly on both sides.
Tips and Tricks
- Don't try to make this sandwich ahead of time - these are best eaten right after making them.
- Choose the right tomatoes - a BLT made with late summer heirloom tomatoes are going to be so fresh and delicious! I wait all year to make a BLT with those tomatoes, and I never regret it!
- For salads, I get fancy with my lettuce, but for a BLT - it's gotta be iceberg.
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What if I don't like mayonnaise?
There are a lot of other options to add the fat and creaminess that the BLT needs that don't involve mayo. My favorite alternative is to use mashed up avocado, but you could also use hummus, Greek yogurt, or even a fried egg!
What's the best kind of bagel to use?
Whatever kind you like best! I personally go with plain bagels because I like them, but these would be great on an everything bagel, or an onion bagel. I haven't tried it, but I think it would even work well with a sweeter bagel - that combo of savory and sweet would be awesome!
Is this a healthy sandwich?
Well, it's got veggies! The great thing about a BLT is that you can make it to your liking. You can use low-fat mayo, turkey bacon, and pile on extra veg to make it healthier!
How do you keep the bread from getting soggy?
Part of the beauty of the Bagel BLT is that it doesn't get soggy like one made with regular white bread. Or at least not as quickly. If you're making a BLT with regular bread, you should put the lettuce against the bread, and then pile the bacon and tomatoes in the middle to keep the sandwich fresh.
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- 2 bagels
- 2-4 tablespoon mayonaisse
- salt and pepper
- 6 slices thick cut bacon cooked
- 1 large tomato or 2 small tomatoes, sliced
- ¼ head iceberg lettuce
- Start by cooking your bacon in whatever method you choose - my favorite is to bake it. See the instructions in the field below.
- While the bacon bakes, toast your bagels spread them with the 1-2 tablespoons of mayo each and then season with salt and pepper.
- Add half of the lettuce, tomato, and cooked bacon to each sandwich.
- Close them up, and enjoy!