My husband Ted and I have been quite busy lately, and I’ve been craving some quick and easy lunches. We recently savored Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (BLT) Sandwiches on Toasted Sourdough Bread. With the abundance of ripe, juicy tomatoes in peak season here in Central Texas, I can’t think of a better way to use them than on a BLT sandwich, and I’ll show you how in this easy and tasty recipe.

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Make Your BLT Sandwich Special with Smashed Tomatoes

When it comes to tomatoes, I love to experiment. Yes, a thick slab of a beefsteak tomato can be amazing on a BLT. but they can be a bit challenging to grow in my simple kitchen garden. However, cherry tomatoes are a different story!

A generous helping of smashed cherry tomatoes, along with cold, crunchy iceberg lettuce and thick slices of crispy bacon, creates an incredible combination. The crushed cherry tomatoes are almost like a slathering of tomato jam, adding a unique twist to the classic BLT sandwich.

After toasting the sourdough bread, top both slices of bread with a generous “shmear” of homemade mayonnaise with a bit of sweet pickle relish added in for good measure. When I assemble my sandwich, I am a bit of a rule breaker. I put the smashed tomatoes on top of the bacon and then top everything off with a super generous layer of iceberg lettuce.

So maybe my sandwich is actually a BTL? Whether you call it a BLT or BTL, all I know is that when you add bacon, lettuce, and smashed tomatoes together, you have the most mouth-watering BLT sandwich in town. You won’t be disappointed!

Crispy Bacon Guaranteed for your BLT Sandwich

If you are looking for an easy, neat, and clean way to make bacon, try baking it in the oven instead of frying it on the stovetop. Yes, baking bacon is the way to go. (And besides, I just like saying it! LOL!!) I have a How to Cook Bacon in the Oven recipe video you can watch to follow along as I bake multiple strips of bacon in my oven.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven - Easy Cleanup and No Rack Required

Plus, I show you how to save the bacon grease—a valuable commodity in any self-respecting traditional foods kitchen! I also share a quick and easy way to clean your baking sheet so that you do not spend a lot of time—and elbow grease—scrubbing it.

Baking your bacon is a win-win on all fronts. You’ll have easy clean-up and deliciously crisp bacon for making BLTs, serving alongside scrambled eggs, or simply having at the ready in your fridge for any time you want some crumbled bacon to top a homemade wedge salad (with homemade blue cheese dressing).

Ingredients to Make a BLT Sandwich with Smashed Tomatoes

Find the full printable recipe with ingredients below.

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Cherry Tomatoes (8-10)
  • Crispy Bacon (4 or more slices)
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sweet Relish
  • Sourdough Bread (2 slices)

How to Make a BLT Sandwich with Smashed Tomatoes

Find the full printable recipe with measurements below.

  1. Bake bacon in oven.
  2. Pat the bacon dry and allow to cool.
  3. Toast the sourdough bread.
  4. Mix mayonnaise with sweet relish.
  5. Smash cherry tomatoes on a plate with a fork.
  6. Cut up lettuce.
  7. Slather mayonnaise and sweet relish mixture on one bread slice, then add bacon, smashed tomatoes, and lettuce.
  8. Slather the mixture on one side of the second slice of sourdough bread and top the sandwich with it.
  9. Press down on the sandwich, slice it in half, and enjoy!

So grab some tomatoes, bake your bacon, and enjoy this BLT for a quick and easy lunch. I’m confident this will quickly become one of your favorite summer sandwiches. This type of food makes creating a traditional foods kitchen a fun and scrumptious journey!

Variations

You can use beefsteak tomatoes, instead of smashed cherry tomatoes, for a more traditional BLT sandwich. Also, I chose sourdough bread, since that’s usually what we have readily available in our traditional foods kitchen, but you can use any type of sandwich bread you’d enjoy.

Recipe Tips

Make sure you have crispy bacon. So if you don’t bake your bacon in the oven, make sure it crisps up on the stovetop.

Storing and Reheating

Your BLT sandwich is best enjoyed when made, but it will keep for a day in the refrigerator. Much longer, and your bread will start to become soggy.

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BLT Sandwich with Smashed Tomatoes

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 sandwich
With the abundance of ripe, juicy tomatoes in peak season here in Central Texas, I can't think of a better way to use them than on a BLT sandwich, and I'll show you how in this easy and tasty recipe.

Equipment

  • 1 small mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Sweet Pickle Relish
  • 2 slices Sourdough Bread
  • 4 slices Crispy Bacon
  • 8 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 leaves Iceberg Lettuce

Instructions 

  • Bake bacon in oven. (See cook's notes for a video and instructions.)
  • Pat the bacon dry and allow to cool.
  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Mix mayonnaise with sweet relish and set aside.
  • Smash cherry tomatoes on a plate using a fork and set aside.
  • Remove two lettuce leaves from a head of iceberg lettuce. Wash the lettuce leaves, dry well, and set aside.
  • Slather a generous amount of the mayonnaise and relish mixture on one side of one slice of the sourdough bread.
  • Place bacon, smashed tomatoes, and folded lettuce leaves onto the slice of sourdough bread spread with the mayonnaise and relish mixture.
  • Slather the mayonnaise and relish mixture on one side of the other slice of bread. Place the slathered side of the bread face down on top of the lettuce to make a sandwich.
  • Press down on the sandwich and slice it in half. Enjoy!

Notes

For instructions on How to Cook Bacon in the Oven – Perfect Every Time and Easy Cleanup, watch the video and follow the printable recipe at https://marysnest.com/how-to-cook-crispy-bacon-in-the-oven/
Find this BLT Sandwich recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/blt-sandwich-with-smashed-tomatoes/
For more traditional foods recipes and a guide to build your traditional foods kitchen, get my bestselling book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook, at https://marysnest.com/my-cookbook/
Free and comprehensive lesson plans to teach traditional food recipes and kitchen techniques to students K-12, download The Modern Pioneer Cookbook Curriculum at https://marysnest.com/cookbook-curriculum/
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Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, BLT sandwich, Sandwich
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  1. Sonya Bishop says:

    5 stars
    The picture drew me in! It looks so delicious and appetizing on those very hot and humid summer days! I appreciate the tip to smash and shmear the little tomatoes on the sandwich as I usually have an abundance of those! What a great idea and tip to share! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

    1. Mary Bryant Shrader says:

      Hi Sonya,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m so happy you enjoyed the sandwich recipe! 🙂

      Love and God bless,
      Mary

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