Tomato and Bacon Sandwiches with Bacon Basil Mayo

Heirloom tomato sandwich with bacon and basil bacon mayo.

Now, being the card-carrying lifetime member of the Bacon Appreciation Club that I am, I do love a good old bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich.  For some reason I always forget that 99% of the time I have the makings for one of these in my kitchen, and then one day I am casting around for something to make for lunch and it dawns on me…a BLT!  And it always makes me ridiculously happy.

This particular sandwich is not the classic BLT, but it’s a prettz jazzy spin on it.  For one thing, there is no L in it.  There certainly could be, I just didn’t happen to have any in my fridge because we were just back from vacation.  What I did have was some thick cut bacon, and some Vermont heirloom tomatoes, and a loaf of country bread, and some good old fashioned mayo, and a whopping big barrel of fresh basil in the back yard.

This one is all about the mayo.  You cook up the bacon however you usually do, but make 1 extra slice of it.  Take that cooked slice and mix it up with about a quarter cup of mayo, a good handful of chopped basil and a nice grinding of black pepper.  Spread your bread (toasted or not, your choice, I like it not) with this bacon basil mayo.  Layer on the tomato and the bacon.  Put some lettuce on if you want to.  Top with another piece of bread.  Aren’t you happy? I’m happy!

Tomato and Bacon Sandwiches with Bacon Basil Mayo
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2-3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped basil
  1. Combine mayo, basil and one slice of bacon that has been chopped into small pieces
  2. Cut the remaining bacon slices in half. Spread the bread slices with the mayo mixture.
  3. Lay two slices of tomato on bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place two bacon slices on top. Cover with another later of bread. Serve at once.



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  1. I don't eat bacon but this makes me want to :)

  2. This officially qualifies you for food genius status. That bacon basil mayo has so many applications. Chicken salad for instance. Salmon salad. Tuna salad. Endless options. Endless.

  3. I picture myself eating many of these this week…mmmm….

  4. I was thinking the extra piece of bacon was for the cook while she made the sandwiches….. :)

    But in with mayo-I could like that!

  5. mouth. watering. want. one. now. please.

  6. PoetessWug says:

    Oooo! I haven't had a BLT in a long time! Thanks for reminding me! :-)) And the idea of mixing the extra piece of bacon with some basil, pepper, and mayo…SUPERB!!

  7. that mayo kills it. can't wait to try this!


    PS: i'll be emailing you soon about our project!

  8. The biggest thing I miss being a vegetarian is bacon!

  9. OMG I seriously just drooled on my keyboard at work!

  10. City Share says:

    Bacon, basil and mayo – brilliant! Thanks for sharing this inspired idea!

  11. lesliewienswineryadventures says:

    YUM!!! I could whip this up for lunch today! If you're an avocado fan, place some slices of avocado on as well and you've taken an already delicious sandwich up a notch or two!
    Cheers! Leslie


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