There are many types of sandwiches, but the BLT sandwich is definitely one of the best and most popular.
The ingredients it consists of can be concluded from the very name of the sandwich. In fact, BLT stands for - bacon, lettuce, and tomato; all of which get put inside two slices of bread.
And there you have it, a simple combination that brings extraordinary results.
Of course, certain preferences may come into play. For example, whether you like the sandwich toasted or not. And the same goes for the inclusion of mayonnaise. Plus, the kind of tomato or lettuce used may also differ.
Naturally, the main ingredients of the BLT sandwich have been around for a long time. But the exact combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato in a sandwich became a thing around 1900.
What appoints to this fact is the reference to a club sandwich in the "Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book" from 1903. The recipe included the same ingredients plus a slice of turkey.
And a similar recipe, though without tomato, appeared in "Seven Hundred Sandwiches", a 1928 cookbook by Florence Cowles.
When supermarkets became prominent after World War II, so did the BLT sandwich.
Records show a reference to it in the Saturday Evening Post in 1951. However, the particular term BLT wasn't used. And there were a few other such mentions throughout the 1950s as well.
Notably, Hellmann's Mayonnaise had the advertisement "traditional on bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches" in 1958.
Moreover, a noteworthy use of the term occurred at the start of the 1970s. This was in a review of the play Steambath by Bruce Friedman. The review was titled "A B.L.T. for God – hold the mayo" based on a line from the play.
As mentioned earlier, the BLT is one of the most popular sandwiches out there. In America, it has ranked in the top several. That is along with the turkey, grilled chicken, roast beef, ham, and grilled cheese sandwich.
And in the UK, it has even won first place for the people's favorite sandwich.
What's more, the BLT sees an increase in consumption during the summer. That's because the harvesting of tomatoes happens just before.
But what's another awesome fact is that in 1963, an actual sculpture of a BLT sandwich was built. Its creator was Claes Oldenburg who made it out of soft materials and called it "Giant BLT." The size of this model is 32 by 39 inches.
On top of that, we have a fun record for you. The biggest BLT sandwich ever made to date is the one by Bentley Dining Services. They did it in 2009 and their BLT had a size of 209 feet 1 inch.
Oh, and, Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the UK, once picked the BLT sandwich as his favorite one.
Depending on the ingredients and preparation method, there may be alternatives to the default BLT sandwich.
Thus, the BLT may be toasted or not, and the bacon may be tender or well-done. As for the tomato, some have suggested the use of beefsteak tomato for better results. And the same applies to using Iceberg lettuce.
Also, (low-fat) mayonnaise can be added, and the type of bread can vary as well. And even regular bacon can be substituted with turkey bacon or tofu.
Last but not least, the BLT can be turned into a club sandwich. This is done by having BLT as one of the layers, while the other is sliced meat.
The number of BLT sandwich calories in a serving of 140 grams is around 450. This includes 28g of total fat or 43% of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet.
In addition, there are 51mg of cholesterol (17%), 1100mg of sodium (46%), and 370mg of potassium (10%).
The amount of total carbohydrates is 27g (9%) and of protein, 20g. Plus, we have 6% of vitamin A, 7% of vitamin C, and 8% of calcium.
There are countless restaurants that make tasty BLT sandwiches. Still, we're here to offer some specific recommendations. And help you find some near you.
Hence, for those of you in Chicago, our pick is - Sarpino's Pizzeria. You can find them on N Damen Ave. What's great is they're open 7 days a week, offer takeout and delivery, and you even save 10% on any online order via Slice!
Of course, for any other place, just consult the listings provided on this page.