Ina’s California BLT’s

California BLT’s – Yum! BLT’s are one of my all time favorite sandwiches. When I was looking for recipes for the week, I came across this recipe in my Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook. It’s a BLT with avocado! I didn’t know you could make a BLT any better than it already was, but avocado – yum. We had these for lunch today. So good!

California BLT’s

California blt's

Makes 4 sandwiches

  • 12 thick-cut slices smoked bacon
  • 8 slices good white bread, cut 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise (recommended: Hellman’s)
  • 4 to 8 tender green lettuce leaves, washed and spun very dry
  • 2 ripe Hass avocado
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Place a baking wire rack on a sheet pan and arrange the bacon on the rack in a single layer. 3. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. (I forgot to put a rack on and I just cooked it on the sheet. I cooked the bacon for about 10 minutes and it was very crispy.)

3. Place the bread slices on a sheet pan and toast them for 5 minutes. Turn the slices and toast for 1 more minute, until all the bread is evenly browned. Place 2 slices on a cutting board.

4. Spread each slice with about 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise.

5. Cover the slices with a layer of lettuce.

6. Peel the avocado and slice it 1/2-inch thick.

7. Toss the avocado slices gently with the lemon juice, and arrange on top of the lettuce leaves. 8. Place 3 slices of bacon on top of each sandwich and then add a layer of tomato slices on top of the bacon.

9. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.

10. Spread each of the remaining 2 slices of toasted bread with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and place, mayonnaise side down, on the sandwiches.

11. Cut in half and serve.

California BLT’s

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