BLT With A Twist

Fried BLT on a plate - The Surprised GourmetDo you sometimes just need a quick and easy meal? Then why not give the tried and true BLT a try with a little twist for a different taste?

When preparing this dish, I used a loaf of Italian Bread, but you could use French bread just as easy. I didn’t use regular loaf bread as that follows the traditional recipe and we’re looking to give this a few twists.

To begin with, I cut a large semi-ripe tomato into ¼-inch slices. I would have preferred to use a green tomato but didn’t have one handy at the time. I battered the slices in a mixture of corn meal mix, Lawry’s Garlic Salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Then I fried the slices in a skillet using Canola oil. When the slices were golden brown, I placed them on a paper towel to drain.Fried BLT shown open - The Surprised Gourmet

While the tomato was frying, I fried the bacon in a second skillet until it was crispy. If you prefer your bacon a little more flexible, that works too. Place the bacon on paper towels to drain when it reaches the desired texture you want.

Next using about ¾ of the Italian loaf, I cut the bread in half lengthwise. You can use the entire loaf if you so desire, depending on the amount of sandwich you want to make. I covered each half of the bread generously with mayonnaise. To add even more of a twist you could add mustard or use it instead of the mayo.

I placed a layer of spinach on one half the bread and topped that off with the slices of Kraft Velveeta Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I added the bacon and finish the sandwich off with the slices of fried tomato. Add the top half of your sandwich, press down and then cut into desired sections. This sandwich can be a bit messy so be sure to have plenty of napkins handy.

Fried BLT - The Surprised GourmetThis Fried Tomato BLT can be served alone or with a portion of homemade potato wedges (you can find out how to prepare them here).

When you finish with your frying, don’t throw the oil away. Save your bacon drippings and any oil left from the fried tomato. Put the oils in separate glass containers, cover them, refrigerate and use within a few days. You can filter the oil through a cheese cloth to remove any unwanted sediment.

Have you ever tried a Fried Tomato BLT before? Do you even like Fried Green Tomatoes? Care to share a family favorite sandwich or a quick meal with us?

Thanks for visiting, here’s the recipe.

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BLT With A Twist


Serves: 2 to 3 servings

  • ¾ Loaf Italian Bread (or French Bread)
  • 1 Pack (12 ounces) Bacon
  • 1 Large Semi-Ripe Tomato
  • 1 Cup Spinach, Packed
  • 3 Slices Kraft Velveeta Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lawry’s Garlic Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
  • ½ Cup Corn Meal Mix
  • Canola Oil
  1. Fry the bacon until crispy and set aside on paper towels to drain. You can bake the bacon in the oven if you prefer.
  2. Cut the tomato into ¼-inch slices and batter in a mixture of corn meal mix, Lawry’s Garlic Salt and fresh ground black pepper. Fry the tomato in Canola oil (enough to cover the slices) until they are golden brown, set aside on paper towels to drain.
  3. Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Cover each side with mayonnaise to taste.
  4. Put a layer of spinach on top of one half of the bread and top with the slices of Kraft Velveeta Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Place the bacon next followed by the slices of Fried tomato. Put the top on the sandwich, pressed down and then cut into desired sections.


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  1. This sandwich sounds so good. BLT’s have always been a favorite of mine! 🙂
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    • SurprisedGourmet says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Christin. The BLTs were definitely good. I had wanted to use green tomatoes but all I had on hand were store bought semi-ripe tomatoes.

  2. I love your take on the classic BLT! Yum!!! French bread, fried tomato, cheese… I am in!

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