How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

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A few weeks ago I made a fancy-ass tuna melt and I loved every second of it. I’m tempted to make this a whole series. The idea would be I take something seemingly normal, typical, usually run-of-the-mill…and then I make it fancy.

I’ve always loved fancy things. I’m just now coming to terms with it and admitting it to myself/everyone. My parents would agree. I was always the kid wanting to order the most expensive thing on the menu. “Wait, why can’t I order the lobster for two?! I don’t like anything off the kids menu! Who wants pasta and cheese and butter?! I love lobster and steak and calamari.”

This BLT is fancy with a capital-F. There are steps in making the easiest sandwich known to man, well, fancy. I have the steps. I have step-by-step pictures, too (sort of). I gotz everything on this bright, sunny Monday!

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

To make a fancy-ass BLT, this is what you’ll need:

1. Good thick-cut bacon.

2. A sourdough boule. (Or other bread that is worthy.)

3. An heirloom tomato.

4. Sprouts. (I’m currently having a moment with sprouts. I love them in sandwiches. Such texture!)

5. An egg. A runny, bright-yolked egg.

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

STEP 1:

Bake your bacon. No pan/splattering oil, etc. No nonsense. Drain it.

STEP 2:

Use interesting greens. In this case I used sunflower sprouts, which actually taste like sunflower seeds. They’re amazing and their texture is crisp and awesome. You obviously don’t have to use sunflower sprouts. I love butter lettuce, arugula, little gem or any other kind of sprout will work well, too.

STEP 3:

Slice your tomatoes. I find slicing tomatoes easiest using a serrated knife. I own this one and I like it just fine.

Tomatoes can make a sandwich a bit too soggy for my taste. To expel them of a little of their water, I like to sprinkle them with salt, lay them on a bed of paper towels and allow them to drain for 10 minutes or so. I learned this technique in Virginia one summer while making tomato sandwiches. It’s tried and true.

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

STEP 3:

Slice your bread and then toast it in butter. I love the buttery outside of a grilled cheese. So, nowadays I put a little butter in a pan and toast my bread on both sides until the edges are crisp and the center is just a teeny bit toasted. I still want it slightly soft.

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

STEP 4:

Fry an egg. I use olive oil because I love the flavor and olive oil gets hot enough where the edges of the egg whites are crispy. I love a crispy fried egg. Is there anything prettier than a fried egg.

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

Step 5:

Assemble. I like mayonnaise (if you hate mayonnaise, I understand you). Greens first, then tomatoes, crispy bacon and then the egg.

Look at that yolk…

It’s a glorious sandwich. Simple things done well are my favorite.

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

How to Make a Fancy-Ass BLT

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Serving Size: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 heirloom tomato, sliced
  • Salt
  • Handful sunflower sprouts, or greens of choice
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, more as needed
  • Sourdough Boule, or bread of choice, sliced
  • 2 large egg
  • Pepper
  • Mayonnaise

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the bacon side by side on the baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the bacon is browned and crispy. Transfer to a bed of paper towels to drain.
  • Slice an heirloom tomato; transfer slices to a bed of paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  • To a non-stick skillet, melt the butter. Add the slices of bread (you may have to do these one at a time if your skillet isn't big enough), and toast on both sides for 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel and add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Place over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add the egg. Fry on one side for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with the second egg.
  • To assemble sandwiches, add a few swipes of mayonnaise to each piece of bread. Add the sprouts to the bottom halves of bread, top with tomato slices, bacon and then fried eggs. Place the reserved halves of bread on top of the sandwich and press down slightly so the yolk breaks. Serve immediately.
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    Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe August 19, 2013 at 12:15 am

    This has to be the most delicious and good looking BLT sandwich ever! I’ve been totally into sprouts too lately and yes, I agree with you: that fried egg is just sooo cute!
    I’ll be trying this sandwich for sure 🙂

    xo, Elisa

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    Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 19, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I will not be enjoying this sandwich because I do not eat meat. However, I am obsessed with your photography skills and how gorgeous your photos are!

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    Reply Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 19, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Simple things done well! I’m officially adopting that as my mantra. I will also adopt this as my spirit sandwich.

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    Reply Magda August 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    That looks gorgeous and appetizing beyond words. Your photographs are beautiful!

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    Reply Angie August 19, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Looks like an awesome sandwich! I like how you took the extra steps like not just toasting the bread but toasting it in butter in the pan, and using salt on the tomatoes to get rid of the extra water. Little touches like that make a big difference in taste! Can’t wait to try making this sandwich myself!

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    Reply Gwen August 19, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Ohmyyyyy you’re making me hungry and I just had lunch 😉
    Love the pictures!

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    Reply Michelle @ Fed Up and Drunk August 19, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Wow! I’ll never be able to eat a standard BLT again after seeing this fancy one.

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    Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion August 19, 2013 at 5:05 am

    That is one fancy-ass BLT!!!! I’m in

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    Reply Tieghan August 19, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Now that is my kind of BLT! Awesome!

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    Reply Heather P @The Owl with the Goblet August 19, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Nothing better than a BLT. Especially now that our garden is overflowing with tomatoes. And the fried egg just took this sandwich over the top! Yum!

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    Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 19, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I’ve come to terms with being a fancy food person too. Food snob, if you will, and that’s fine with me! 🙂 Love the idea of a “fancy-ass” sandwich series. Dooooo it.

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    Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie August 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

    This is calling my name! I looooove!

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    Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks August 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I want to be fancy-ass!

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    Reply Julia August 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Great post–I might have to make that for lunch today! Actually anything involving bread and beautiful tomatoes, I want to eat immediately.

    Oh, and being fancy-ass just means you prioritize deliciousness! 🙂 Bring on the fancy-ass series.

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    Reply allie@sweetpotatobites August 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

    fancy-ass BLT! Love it. I need more BLTs in my life.

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    Reply TinaS August 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I would like to eat one of these right now!!
    These are definitely on the “must make” list with some fancy-ass tomatoes from the farmer’s market!

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    Reply Megan August 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I love that frying pan. What kind is it; is it enamel? teflon?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

      I got it from World Market. It was $14! And yes it’s teflon. 🙂

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        Reply Megan August 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

        I love it, thank you!!

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    Reply Quyen August 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

    BLTs are my favorite! I usually put avocados in mine sandwiches, but now I have to try the fried egg! Yum!
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    Reply Arthur in the Garden! August 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Love it! I chuckled when I read the title! I thought only Southerns used that phrase?

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    Reply M.C.@ ThousandStoryKitchen August 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Grrr. Why did I already have lunch? This is calling me LOUDLY. I think BLT is my absolute favorite sandwich. Fancy-Ass BLT may become my new one!

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    Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog August 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    ooh that egg…i love fried eggs in sandwiches!

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    Reply Kelly Jo August 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

    BLT’s are one of my favorite summer meals! Can’t wait to make this. Keep the fancy-ass stuff comin!

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    Reply Eileen August 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Yes please! I even have the fancy heirloom tomatoes hanging out already. 🙂 The egg is such a great plan!

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    Reply Julie August 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I would totally read the “how to make everything fancy” series! Do it!

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    Reply erin @ yummy supper August 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Adrianna, I’m loving your fancy ass sandwiches – the fried egg addition is fancy indeed! I could go for one of these right now.
    xoxo
    E

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    Reply Sam August 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Just seen this gorgeous pic on Pinterest and had a little chuckle, I posted a BLT on DrizzleandDip.com today too. It’s such a great sandwich. I agree with the oven cooking of bacon, so much easier than frying, and love your addition of egg.

    Sam

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    Reply Jennifer August 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    You got me drooling here!

    xo Jennifer

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    Reply Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker August 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Okay, so, I’ve never had a BLT. EVER! It’s a
    bacon thing; never had it growing up and decided I didn’t want to eat it even if it was around. But I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that there’s no reason fo me not to eat it if it looks good, and the point of all this is that you just made me want a BLT for the first time in my life. Your fancy-pants version looks amaaazing!

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    Reply KL August 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Looks great except for the salt ?
    I would think the bacon would be salty enough

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

      The bacon I used was actually pretty salty and I didn’t find it too salty.

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    Reply Chowder Singh August 20, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Fancy-ass, indeed 🙂

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    Reply Jamie @lifelovelemons August 20, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Fancy BLT’s are the best BLT’s. This looks great!

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    Reply petal and plume August 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

    me oh my.. does this look amazing or what!!?
    xx

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    Reply Kasey August 20, 2013 at 8:19 am

    This looks wildly delicious. Also, I love your pan!

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    Reply tina August 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    srsly you have the best kitchen stuff and this sandwich is glorious 🙂

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    Reply Stacey August 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Fitting for only the Fanciest-Ass of Fancy-Ass Ladies & Gents. I’m already mourning the end of the season where meals can be planned around in-season ‘maters and peaches.

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    Reply Sophie August 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Part of what I love about your blog is that so many other amazing bloggers come here to say what I always want to say, which is that you rule!!

    Some of your prettiest pictures YET! I lovvvvve BLTs. I love them so much. Egg on my BLT? yes, yes.

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    Reply Emily @ Life on Food August 21, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I just had this sandwich in a fancy restaurant in Brooklyn – $17 it was for lunch. Yikes! Yours looks just as good if not better. And oh your loaf of bread. Fancy indeed.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Whaaaa?! That’s insane. I think I spent like $10 on all these ingredients and they could give you ten sandwiches.

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    Reply Rochelle August 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    That is one gorgeous fancy-ass sandwich! I actually made something similar for my hubby a few times, but I think I prefer this with the runny egg yolk and sourdough. I mean really, who wouldn’t prefer that?

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    Reply Lisa @ The Cooking Bride August 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Oh, when I saw your first picture I thought the yellow was melted cheese. But now I see it’s egg yolk! Even better!!

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    Reply Tammela August 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Yes!

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    Reply Shelly (Cookies and Cups) August 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Looks amazing, and it really is so simple to make it look really good! Pinned!

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    Reply Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I’m usually not really a fan of BLTs but this looks delicious!

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    Reply Siani Bieber November 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I love and I’m so going to try this out with my little cousin.

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    Reply Siani Bieber November 11, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I love this and Im going to try it Saturday morning

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    Reply Duck life September 21, 2018 at 1:45 am

    The food is great, I’ll save the recipe for the weekend