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Outrageous B.L.T.

Posted July 2, 2008

It is part of my job: to be open-minded – to objectively analyze new ways of doing things. We talked a lot about the perfect bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich last week. I offered my new & improved model featuring basil and mozzarella. Many of you said you like to keep the recipe simple and were adamant about the type of mayonnaise used. I think we can all appreciate and respect that. However, with an abundance of fresh tomatoes this time of year I think it’s good to alter recipes – to add and subtract a few ingredients to surprise and delight the palate.

Get ready for the Outrageous B.L.T. It caught my eye on a menu in Chapel Hill yesterday. I was there working on a music project with Brent Lambert. For lunch Brent suggested we walk a couple of blocks from his studio to “SandwHich” just behind the old Pyewacket Restaurant at 431 W. Franklin Street. With about 16 sandwiches and a wide array of interesting salads to choose from it wasn’t an easy decision. But I knew how much the Carolina Conversations bloggers love to discuss tomato sandwiches. So I opted for the Outrageous B.L.T. It should come with a warning: Extra Napkins Required. It was messy but marvelous! The ingredients that really gave this sandwich a kick were the avocadoes and jalapenos. Yum! The order includes potato chips and pickled carrots.

Brent says the rest of the menu at SandwHich is outrageously good but he wasn’t too crazy about talking this up on the blog. He doesn’t want a long wait for lunch next time!


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  • racinjunki Jul 3, 2008

    I agree with Merit's in Chapel Hill. That's the only real BLT, all the rest are copy's of Merit's. But, only order a half BLT, unless you haven't eaten for two days. There has to be at least a half pound of bacon on a whole one.

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 2, 2008

    Miracle Whip has it's place on some sandwiches but Hellman's is my most favorite mayonnaise. Growing up with a family of 7 in Ohio and only Dad working Mom had to make ends meet the best she could so we often had SpinBlend on the table which is a step (maybe 2) below Miracle Whip. But Mom was a good cook and could make anyting taste good so we always thought it was great. (Live and learn!)

  • jdlewis76 Jul 2, 2008

    I had some sliced tomatoes with my homemade meatloaf last night. They were delicious; very red and ripe.

  • rogerkneebend Jul 2, 2008

    I usually take out the lettuce but put in a slice of American cheese. The bacon, tomatoes, and mayonaise remain....of course.

  • tennispro Jul 2, 2008

    My sister always orders cheese and tomato on her country ham biscuits at Bojangles!!

  • mugley43 Jul 2, 2008

    I like just a simple BLT myself, ever tried a slice of tomato on a sausage biscuit? very good!!

  • Legswilson Jul 2, 2008

    I've gotten pretty creative at using my fresh tomatoes. For breakfast, I now enjoy mini whole wheat bagels with light veggie cream cheese, topped with a thick slice of fresh, homegrown tomato! A healthy and tasty start to my day!!!

  • tennispro Jul 2, 2008

    Yes, the BLT"S are the best there!! My sister lives in chapel Hill and has taken me there several times!! You would not know it was there unless someone told you about it. It's hidden!! NOw try the Carolina Burger at Village Deli in Cameon Village. It's to die for!!!!!!!!!!

  • maddie Jul 2, 2008

    Bacon, lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, and Duke's mayo!

  • wahaka63 Jul 2, 2008

    My husband loves a B E L T. Bacon, EGG, lettuce & tomatoe and only with Dukes mayo. I prefer a normal BLT with Hellmans mayo.




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