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Perfect BLT with Sweet Spicy Bacon & Avocado. Yes, THE perfect BLT with sweet, spicy bacon and avocados. After one bite, you will think you are in Heaven. Simply Sated
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Perfect BLT with Sweet Spicy Bacon & Avocado

THE perfect BLT with sweet, spicy bacon and sliced avocados. After one bite, you will swear you are in Heaven. Adapted from Geoffrey Zakarian's Ultimate BLT: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/gzs-ultimate-blt.html
Course Entree, Sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 -4
Author Susie Gall


  • For the Bread:
  • Two 1/2-inch-thick 4x9 slices Italian or country bread, toasted. *Use your favorite bread and the size you like best.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese optional
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  • For the Tomatoes:
  • Eight 1/2 -inch-thick slices fresh tomatoes or 15-20 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons red wine champagne or cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
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  • For the Bacon: See Simply Sated's Best Ever! Sweet Spicy Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!: http://www.simplysated.com/best-ever-sweet-spicy-bacon-bacon-bacon/
  • 8 slices bacon
  • ½ sweet yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1- teaspoon black pepper
  • 1- teaspoon cumin
  • 1- teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoky paprika
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2- tablespoons brown sugar
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  • 1 avocado cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Red Leaf or Iceberg lettuce leaves
  • Fresh tarragon or dried Fines Herbs for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 380 degrees F.
  2. For the Bread:
  3. Slice the bread ½” thick and spread with butter on both sides. Heat skillet over med-high heat and add bread. Toast both sides until golden brown. Remove toast to cooling rack to cool. **Alternate toast treatment: Toast bread until bottom side is golden, then flip bread over to toast the other side. Sprinkle top of toast with grated Parmesan cheese. Once both sides of bread are golden, flip toast over until cheese is golden. Transfer toast to a wire rack to let cool.
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  5. For the Tomatoes:
  6. Place the tomato slices on a tray or large plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper. Drizzle the vinegar and oil over the tomatoes. Allow tomatoes to rest for 15 minutes. *If using cherry tomatoes, cut tomatoes in half (see photo for how-to quickly.)
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  8. For the Bacon:
  9. Lay the bacon on a griddle over a foil-lined baking sheet.
  10. Season the bacon with all spices. Top with the sliced onions and sprinkle bacon & onions with brown sugar.
  11. Roast bacon 20 minutes, flip bacon over and roast another 15-20 minutes until almost crispy and onions have caramelized. Remove from oven and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
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  13. To Assemble BLT:
  14. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise on each slice of toasted bread.
  15. Cut avocado in half, remove pit, cut into slices and sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  16. Layer lettuce, bacon, tomatoes & avocado on top of the toast and sprinkle with chopped herbs.
  17. Cut sandwich into sections and enjoy!