Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Baja BLT Sandwich

A new grocery store opened up in the area and of course, I had to check it out. It wasn't anything spectacular but I was pleased to find another place that I could purchase some good quality meats. While the store was celebrating with some good deals throughout, I couldn't pass up on the great sale they had on thick cut smoked bacon. I purchased a hefty pound (or so). It's been awhile since I made a good BLT sandwich and after some major eating over the holiday weekend, it was nice to have a semi-light dinner. It was bacon after all! However, this is not your typical BLT sandwich. Instead, this Baja BLT Sandwich incorporates some cheddar cheese and a healthy dollop of spicy guacamole with the usual suspects of bacon, lettuce and tomato...

I don't even know if it's even necessary to post a recipe but if it helps, I'll include the recipe for a spicy guacamole you can use in the sandwich (or just with chips if you prefer!) For BLT sandwiches I prefer thick cut bacon - a lots of it - so that you get that bacon in every bite. The lettuce can be whatever you prefer. I ended up using some artisan lettuce which was had a subtle sweetness. Tomatoes are a must and I love using heirloom tomatoes when available. In this case, I used some sweet roma tomatoes that did the job. We can't forget about the cheese! Cheddar cheese is what I had on hand but feel free to use whatever you prefer - cheddar, american, pepper jack, etc. I used gluten free Udi's white sandwich bread, but for those non-gluten free folks, any good loaf bread works well. My boys enjoyed their sandwiches made with a round Italian sliced loaf that toasted up nicely. Let's talk condiments - we love mayo so we slathered some on the inside of one slice of bread. The mayo worked harmoniously with the spicy guacamole that we slathered on the other slice of bread... and when all combined, you'll have yourself a Baja BLT sandwich!


Spicy Guacamole
adapted from Cooking Light


  • large ripe avocados, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 small jalapeno, minced fine
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  1. Place avocados in a medium bowl, and mash roughly with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and mash to desired consistency. Stir in chopped fresh cilantro.