Summertime calls for all the fresh vegetables and the South does not disappoint with its abundance of watermelons, tomatoes, squash, corn, berries and more! It’s hard to get my little ones to eat their veggies but my oldest absolutely loves this BLT with its juicy tomatoes, salty bacon and homemade herb sandwich spread.
The BLT itself is pretty self explanatory but if you’re not from the South, you may not be familiar with this common acronym. BLT stands for “bacon, lettuce and tomato” and it’s most often eaten when tomatoes are in-season during these hot summer months. You can tailor the sandwich to your liking by switching up the tomato variety, using thin or thick cut bacon and changing up your breads. We like to lightly toast white sandwich bread, fry some thick-cut bacon and find the ripest tomatoes available.
Of course, you can always buy your tomatoes from the local grocer but if you have a farmer’s market nearby, make sure to stop there to grab some of the just-picked variety…perfection! In addition, I must add that a roadside stand or farmer selling them directly out of his truck tailgate hasn’t let me down either. Adding a little bit of torn fresh lettuce to the sandwich provides that perfect crunchy complement that makes the sandwich so tasty.
Now, you could stop there and have a perfectly delicious BLT but if you want to elevate your taste buds, slather some of this delectable herbed cream cheese sandwich spread on both sides of the bread before adding all of your fillings. The fresh cut dill is refreshing and the cream cheese adds a savory component that cannot be beat!