Peppery BLT with Prosciutto

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Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

What’s better than a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich? How about a BLT loaded with thick-cut bacon, paper-thin prosciutto and peppery watercress—then slathered with thick, tangy homemade mayonnaise? Here’s how to build a nice, fat sandwich that not only tastes great, but is designed to stay together when you eat it.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Now, you’re going to laugh, but I’m kind of fussy about sandwich construction, because I hate eating something that falls apart after the first bite.

Alternating the slippery ingredients (prosciutto, tomatoes) with ingredients that provide a little traction (small leaves of watercress and crispy bacon), helps the whole thing hang together better.

Kind of silly? Sure. But it does help keep your lunch off your lap.

I used thick-cut bacon, cooked extra crispy in the oven. (Line a sheet pan with foil, set a rack on it, spread the bacon out on the rack, bake in the oven at 400 degrees ’til done to your liking).

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

For an extraordinary sandwich, get the highest-quality ingredients you can get your paws on.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Fresh watercress

It’s still too early for local tomatoes, but I managed to find a fabulous hydroponic tomato grown in Vermont. It wasn’t quite the same as one fresh out of the backyard, but it was miles away from an ordinary supermarket tomato. And, it was h-u-g-e.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Here’s a teaspoon, for comparison.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

To take it over the top, make your own mayonnaise (more on that to come, tomorrow). It’s easy to do and adds a ton of flavor.

Peppery BLT with Prosciutto

1 thick slice of ciabatta, toasted if you like
mayonaisse
4 slices bacon, crisp and cool
4 slices prosciutto
8-10 watercress leaves
2 thin slices of tomato

Makes 1 sandwich

Split your bread in half. Spread one half with mayo.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Add the bacon on the side with the mayo.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

(Mmmmm, bacon.)

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Layer the prosciutto on the other half.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

(Mmmm, prosciutto.)

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Overlap the watercress on top of the prosciutto.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Top the watercress with thin slices of ripe tomato.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Put the sandwich together.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Press down on it a little to smoosh it together.

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

Inhale and enjoy!

Spicy BLT with Prosciutto at The Hungry Mouse

 

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Enough bacon on your sandwich there, Mouse? (A woman after my own heart!) I love this- it sounds delectable. I love that you used your own mayonnaise (I can’t stand shop-bought) and that you kept the soggy ingredients away from the bread. I’ve made an “Italian” style BLT with garlic mayonnaise and basil leaves in place of lettuce. The fact that you used watercress made me think of it. 🙂

    • Ha! Oh, there could be *so* much more bacon! 😮 Thanks so much. It was yummy. And I’m totally with you on the soggy bread thing. Totally ruins a sandwich.

      Basil sounds fabulous! I’ll try that next. Sigh. So much bacon to eat. So little time….

      +Jessie

  2. BLT’s are my favorite sandwich! I’m interested in seeing your mayo; i’ve never found a mayo that can top Duke’s Mayonnaise. Southerners know their mayo!

    • You’re a gal after my own heart. Love BLTs! Stay tuned for mayo tonight. I’ve never had Duke’s, but I’m insanely curious. I wonder if I can find it here in Boston.

      +Jessie

  3. Prosciutto and bacon? Devastating. I actually have some thick cut pepper crusted bacon in my fridge, I think I know what I’m having for dinner!

  4. Ah, those photos made my mouth water!

    My family and I, we LOVE huge sandwiches which we typically fill with a fried egg (usually over easy so it pops in the sandwich with yolk goodness), greens, tomato, melted cheese and of course some Cuban bread.

    Ugh, I’m craving it now! I think you’ve inspired me to stop off to the grocery store on my way home for some bread!

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