The Ultimate BLT

BLTs were one of my favorite sandwiches growing up. I used to ask my mom to make them all the time and she made them so well. They were so good not only because of the love she put in them, but also because of the ingredients. She always used fantastic bread, thick cut bacon, and the juiciest fresh Jersey tomatoes. This week it was my turn to make my childhood favorite with my own fantastic ingredients! I used my homemade ciabatta bread and made homemade lemon basil mayo to really take them over the top.

First, I cooked the bacon for the ultimate BLT. Since it was a small batch just for me, I used my microwave method. They cooked between paper towels on a plate for about 5 minutes to become crispy perfection.
While the bacon cooked, I prepped the rest of the ingredients for the ultimate BLT. I took about 1/3 of one of my fresh ciabatta loaves and split it. Then I just toasted the two pieces until they got some color on the inside.
I made the incredible homemade lemon basil mayo next. It only took a couple of minutes and it was so much better than store bought. I just whisked the easy ingredients together in the bowl. Then I poured in canola oil while I kept whisking to bring it all together. Let me tell you, that mayo was so luscious and flavorful. I had some leftover in the end, so I sealed it to use later!
After that, I just assembled the ultimate BLT. I slathered the two pieces of ciabatta with that glorious mayo. Then I piled the bacon, sliced tomatoes and spring mix lettuce on the bottom piece before I closed it up.

This sandwich is the perfect example of ingredients turning something ordinary into extraordinary. I was so happy when I bit in. The crispy bacon, juicy tomato and lettuce were just heaven together. The lemony mayo brought some freshness into it and really perked it up. Hope you all love this yummy take on the classic as much as I did! xoxo

The Ultimate BLT
The Ultimate BLT
The Ultimate BLT
The Ultimate BLT
5 from 1 vote
The Ultimate BLT
The Ultimate BLT
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

The ultimate BLT is all in the ingredients. Fresh ciabatta bread, homemade lemon basil mayo, thick cut bacon and seasonal tomatoes make all the difference! 

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Sandwiches, The Ultimate BLT
Servings: 1 sandwich
Calories: 747 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/3 loaf fresh ciabatta bread see my homemade recipe from 7/23/17
  • 1 whole egg yolk
  • 1 whole lemon zested
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 leaves fresh basil coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2-4 thin slices fresh tomato
  • 1/3 cup spring mix lettuce packed
  1. First, cook the bacon. For a small batch like this I use the microwave. Line a microwave safe plate with a paper towel and line up the 4 slices on it. Cover them with another paper towel and microwave the bacon for about 5 minutes, until crisp. While the bacon cooks, split and toast the ciabatta bread. Then make the quick mayo. Combine the egg yolk, lemon zest, lemon juice, Dijon and fresh basil in a bowl and whisk it all together well. Slowly pour in the canola oil while you keep whisking until you have a thick mayo.
  2. Then it's time to assemble the sandwich. Slather both pieces of the toasted ciabatta with a generous amount of the mayo. Seal up any leftover mayo and refrigerate it to use later! Then pile the bacon, tomato and lettuce on and close up the sandwich. Serve immediately for a great lunch!
Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate BLT
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 747 Calories from Fat 538
% Daily Value*
Fat 59.8g92%
Saturated Fat 11.8g74%
Cholesterol 270mg90%
Sodium 1528mg66%
Potassium 317mg9%
Carbohydrates 31.5g11%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Sugar 3.6g4%
Protein 25.7g51%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.