Day 106: BLTs with Avocado ♥

Yummy BLTs with avocado and alfalfa sprouts on focacciaThe Russian-born lady at our table asked, "Pleez, what is B L T?"

So for all the native Polish, Israeli, Malaysian, Australian, French, Swedish, Spanish, Portugese, Taiwanese, Indian and others who visit this site on occasion -- thank you! and please know that while BLT may be an acronym for Bacon, Lttuce and Tomato in sandwich form, what it stands for is one of summer's great indulgences.

Here are the essentials:

Good bread, often toasted -- in this case a salty focaccia (that worked better the first day, when it was fresh, than the third, when it was tough) but a whole grain slice will work great, as would a firm, cottage-style white bread or even a large soft white roll

Thick-cut bacon -- fried crisp (be sure to pour off the bacon fat to store in the frig for later) -- consider cooking extra for this corn chowder or this broccoli salad

Mayonnaise -- in this case, 5 tablespoons of Hellman's Light tossed with 3 tablespoons of chopped chive and tablespoons of chopped dill (for the record, plain mayo is fine but this blend added a bit of extra oomph)

Thick-sliced perfectly ripe tomatoes -- the tomatoes are so key that if they are less than perfect, you're advised to make something else!

Lettuce -- or some form of fresh green, in this case alfalfa sprouts which I really liked a lot

Mashed avocado -- (oops, I really DID think avocadoes were vegetables, silly me and so bought a bunch for Veggie Venture experiments) a nice touch, but optional, really

Some things just don't need to be known

Gourmet April 2004
Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. I get the occasional scallop or shrimp indulgence, but bacon? I'm sure it's great, but is this a vegetarian site or not?


  2. Hi Robert ~ Well no, it's not -- this site id about vegetables so it's mostly vegetarian/often vegan but isn't exclusively so.

  3. So... avocados are not only one of the very few non-processed vegan sources of fat (oil is processed), but is also a FRUIT?
    So many lies have been told to me... *eats avocados anyway*
    Remember, fat is not the enemy, it's imbalance!


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