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A Southern Cheesy BLT

"It's a simple 'southern' twist on a BLT; but, it is delicious. Now, for this recipe - you can easily make your own pimento cheese spread; or, you can buy it. Many stores make their own; and are quite good. I like to make my own, and keep some on hand. For this sandwich you need a good 3-4 tablespoons per sandwich; so, I suggest to make your own if possible. Also, I really feel that this sandwich works best using a ciabatta bread (or similar). I have made this using plain bread (wheat, white, etc.); but, I find that the heartier bread works much better. But, feel free to use whatever you like."

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Prep Time: 15m

Cook Time: 20m


Servings: 4  

  • 5.0000

Delicious. Thanks Kimmy, for your friendship and all your helpfulness and kindness. Godspeed and RIP..

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  • 4 bread rolls (split in half, I prefer a hearty ciabatta bread, cut in 4 sandwich size)
  • 8 to 16 lettuce leaves (pieces of soft lettuce, bibb or boston)
  • 3/4 cup pimento cheese (12 tablespoons, store bought or homemade; see #9450, here on RecipeZazz)
  • 12 to 16 bacon slices (3-4 per sandwich hickory or smoked bacon, cooked)
  • 3 to 4 green tomatoes (12 slices, 3 per sandwich), sliced 1/3 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 fresh ground pepper
  • Vegetable or canola oil to fry

What You Will Need

No special items needed.
  How to Make

Step 1

Bacon ... Prepare your bacon with whatever method you prefer. I prefer to bake bacon; it comes out very flat, without splatter. But use any method you are comfortable will work.

Step 2

Bread ... I prefer a ciabatta bread split in half; but, use any bread you like. I think the heartier, thicker bread works much better with this sandwich. Also, I like to lightly toast the cut side of the bread; but, it isn't necessary - just a personal preference.

Step 3

Green Tomatoes ... Note: If you can find green tomatoes in your 'regular' grocery store. Try a Whole Foods or Nutritional Market; or, a Mexican or Ethnic market. The first thing I like to do, is set the cut tomatoes on a paper towel - just to dry them off a bit. It only takes a minute or two - Then, set up a breading station.

Step 4

Breading Station ... 1) corn starch, 2) beaten eggs and hot sauce, and; 3) the seasoned bread crumbs. Mix the panko, flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to a flat pie pan, or shallow dish; and mix to combine.

Step 5

Dip the tomatoes which have dried a bit in the corn starch; shaking off as much as possible. Then, into the egg mixture; and finally, into the panko/flour mix - pressing down to coat the tomatoes on both sides. Set the tomatoes off to the side on a plate for 5-10 minutes before frying.

Step 6

Frying ... Bring a large saute pan (non-stick preferred) up to medium high heat; and, add the oil - I prefer a neutral oil, not olive oil. Add the tomatoes, and saute on each side, until golden brown. About 1 1/2-2 minutes per side, is all they take. Then, transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Step 7

Sandwich ... Spread the pimento cheese (1-1 1/2 tablespoons) on the bottom roll. Top with a 1-2 lettuce leaves (depending on the size), 3 fried tomatoes, 3-4 slices of bacon, lettuce; and finish with the top bread spread with more pimento cheese.

Step 8

Serve and ENJOY! ... Add a toothpick in each half; and cut from corner to corner. Perfect with sweet potato fries or salad, home made pickles; or your favorite potato chips.

  Nutritional Facts
  • Serving Size: 1 (1381.2 g)
  • Calories 773.1
  • Total Fat - 22.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 149.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1441.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 109.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 17.8 g
  • Sugars - 38.8 g
  • Protein - 40.2 g
  • Calcium - 478.5 mg
  • Iron - 7.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 47.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.9 mg
1 review

Delicious. Thanks Kimmy, for your friendship and all your helpfulness and kindness. Godspeed and RIP.


Review by Sue Lau