Heirloom Tomatoes: Secret of a Brilliant BLT
If you are looking for a truly superior BLT it starts with a truly superior tomato. The best tomatoes out there for this situation are heirloom tomatoes. What are heirloom tomatoes? According to Wikipedia:
- An heirloom tomato (also called heritage tomato in the UK) is an open-pollinated (non-hybrid) heirloom cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years.
In layman’s terms, heirloom tomatoes are what tomatoes were like before scientists decided that they should be round and red. They have so much more meat (the non-liquid part) and the flavor is amazing. They come in virtually every shape and color you can imagine.
I like to build my Brilliant BLT on Ciabatta bread. A half teaspoon of basil pesto mixed into a tablespoon of good mayonnaise swabbed across the bottom piece of Ciabatta is followed by a generous slice of German Stripe or Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato, a nest of Arugula and for my bacon I like to use pancetta pinwheels that I roast off in the oven until crispy. Brilliant!