The BLT is THE official sandwich of summer. There. We said it. Now it’s all you can think about for the rest of the day.

Few would even entertain the thought of tinkering with a classic such as this towering creation of toast, a schmear of mayo, and … you know the rest.

Well, just forget about all that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” stuff because we have created the most glorious BLT you’ll ever taste. (Really!)

Chipotle Aioli
Start with Sara Lee Honey Wheat, Butter or Whole Grain Bread lightly toasted. Chipotle aïoli stands in – spicily – for mayo in our version. A slice of creamy Monterey jack comes next. Lettuce gives us our daily dose of leafy green goodness.

Now for a couple of our juicy, homegrown tomato slices from Mel Stuckmeyer’s Farm in Columbia, Illinois.

The star of the show is, of course, crisp slices of Dietz & Watson bacon. We cooked ours in the oven (see our Bacon Bytes sidebar). Who has time to clean the stove?

Go forth – toast, slice, build and devour!

Also try our Fried Tomato BLT recipe for another mouthwatering option!

Bacon Bytes

Bits, strips, even sugar-coated, what recipe isn’t better with bacon? We’ve made it easy to bacon-ize your favorite recipes for every occasion.

Microwave Method
Place 3 slices diced bacon in 2-cup glass measure; loosely cover with paper towel. Microwave (high) for 2½ to 3 minutes (depending on thickness of bacon), stirring once, until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

Oven Method
Place bacon slices on wire rack; set over foil-lined jellyroll pan. Bake in 400°F. oven rotating pan once until golden brown and desired crispness, about 15 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness of bacon). Drain on paper towels.

Candied Bacon
Place bacon slices on cutting board; rub 1 teaspoon brown sugar on each slice. Place on wire rack that has been lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray; set over foil-lined jellyroll pan. Bake in 350°F. oven until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes (depending on thickness of bacon). Immediately transfer bacon to parchment paper that has been lightly coated with cooking spray for bacon to crisp. Store bacon in airtight container in refrigerator. To reheat, place bacon on microwave-safe plate; microwave (medium-50% power) until crisp, about 10 seconds per slice.

Candied Peppered Bacon
Prepare Candied Bacon as directed; lightly sprinkle sugared bacon with freshly ground black pepper. Bake as directed.