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Weekend Chef: Bacon Weave BLT

Posted 6:26am on Tuesday, May. 28, 2013

I have a bacon weave meatloaf demo coming up this Saturday at the Williams Sonoma at Southlake Town Square, so I decided to do a little bacon weave warm-up by making some bacon weave BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwiches. Not only is weaving bacon fun, it also gives you the perfect distribution of bacon for the ultimate BLT sandwich.

Bacon weaves for sandwiches are sort of like mini-weaves, a 1 pound package of thin sliced bacon can make around 5 sandwich sized weaves.

Bacon Weave BLT

Ingredients for each sandwich

  • 3 slices thin sliced bacon cut in half to make 6 pieces.
  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 to 3 slices tomatoes
  • 2 leaves lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 slice red onion (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. First we will need to weave the bacon. In the sideshow above I have step-by-step pictures. Cut 3 slices of bacon in half to make 6 pieces, lay 3 half-slices side by side on a raised baking rack or a baking tray lined with aluminum foil.

  2. Fold the middle slice down and lay another half-slice across and on top of the other two slices (see picture in slideshow).

  3. Unfold the middle slice so it lies over the top of the across slice you had just put down.

  4. Now fold the two outside slices over the across slice. Lay another half-slice across the middle slice, then unfold the two outside slices over the across slice you had just put down.

  5. Fold the middle slice up over the across slice and lay another half-slice across the two outside slices.

  6. Now unfold the middle slice over the last slice you put down. You now should have a mini-bacon weave. Again, check the step-by-step in the slideshow. It is really easy to follow if you look at the step-by-step pictures.

  7. Repeat for each sandwich you plan to make.

  8. Preheat grill or oven to 350ºF.

  9. Place rack/sheet with bacon weaves in a grill or oven and bake for a till done (around 25 minutes). If using a rack in the oven, be sure to have a pan underneath the rack to catch the drippings.

  10. Pull bacon when done at let cool.

  11. To assemble the sandwich, lay bacon weave on top of one slice of bread, add lettuce and tomato slices, cover with a top slice of bread with mayo. I also like to add a slice of red onion to spice things up a little.

The BLT turned out great, with the perfect distribution of bacon in every bite!

If you want to learn bacon weaving first hand, check out my bacon weave meatloaf demo this Saturday (June 1st) at 1 p.m. at the Williams Sonoma at Southlake Town Square. Space is limited, so please call the store to sign-up at 817-416-5932.

And don't forget to check out the step-by-step pictures in the slideshow above the story.

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