The fried green tomato strikes again! I was in the grocery store a few days ago and walked by a beautiful bushel of shining, gorgeous, green tomatoes, I couldn’t resist grabbing a few. There is something about these little green gems… Like the Sirens calling to Odysseus, green tomatoes beckon me with their song.
When green tomato season first arrives, I only want straight-up fried green tomatoes with minimal toppings or sauces. After a long winter with no fresh tomatoes, I want to taste as much of this pure, tart fruit as possible. The crispy, crunchy outside with succulent, acidic center is to die for. When I’ve had my fill of these, I start thinking of different ways to make and consume them.
Say hello to the BLFGT – the bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato sandwich! BLT’s have long been a favorite sandwich of mine. I used to work at Johns Hopkins University… During the summer months, my friend Carolyn and I would go to a nearby market and get iced teas and basic BLT’s for lunch nearly every day. The tomatoes were at their freshest and made the sandwich more delectable than usual.
Common knowledge dictates that it’s nearly impossible to ruin a meal when bacon is a main ingredient. I think that fried green tomatoes also fall into this category. They are twangy, sweet and juicy… Frying adds extra texture and flavor to this classic sandwich while giving you something fresh and new. Changing up the original has been a fun and tasty. Using the traditional ingredients like crisp, cool lettuce, rich mayo and salty bacon brings this upgraded sandwich together. By using only a few fresh ingredients, everything is able to stand out individually, which I love.
This version of the BLT tastes just as awesome as the original. Try this recipe next time you make one and let me know what you think in the comments!