Bacon, Lettuce and Peach Sandwich with Basil Mayo
This Bacon, Lettuce and Peach Sandwich is a fun, summer take on the classic American BLT. A fresh, juicy peach swaps in perfectly for the usual vine-ripened tomato, though it’s a bit sweeter. I paired it with a basil-studded mayo for an herby kick that really highlights the peachy goodness.
On the morning that the Georgia Peach Truck rolled through town this summer, I marked myself as ‘out of office’. I drove up to the truck stop first thing after breakfast and grabbed a big box of peaches. They’re sold by the half bushel – I admittedly didn’t know how many peaches that would be… but had enough sense to suggest that my sister and I split the box.
Once she came by to grab hers, Luke and I were left with 29 blush-yellow, slightly fuzzy, completely dreamy peaches. And so the recipe development has begun.
After moving back up north from Alabama, the thing I miss the most – aside from the abundance of green tomatoes – are the peaches. Either Alabama-grown or brought over from Georgia, those babies would start to appear at the market in June and would stick around all summer long. And each one would be juicier and sweeter than the last.
Here in the northeast though, good peaches are nearly impossible to come by. In the grocery stores, they’re almost all previously-frozen, mealy, taste-less balls of sadness. (Dramatic, but true) A few farms do grow them, but the season is incredibly short. And when there are a handful around, you have to be super speedy to snag yourself some.
So I’ve gone years now without good peaches. And the ones that I do get my hands on are so precious that we eat them in hand, juice dripping through our fingers.
Until this year. When I saw that there was a truck coming up directly from a Georgia Peach farm on a hot July day, I marked it in my calendar in Sharpie. There was no way I was missing my chance to get well-and-tired of peaches.
Over the next few weeks, you’re bound to see a whole slew of peach-centric recipes appear on here.
First up is this simple Bacon, Lettuce and Peach sandwich. It’s a fun twist on the classic BLT. And dare I say it, this peach sandwich might beat out the classic one!
I paired it with a basil mayo to highlight the juicy, sweetness of the peaches.
To make this BLP (I know it doesn’t quite have the same ring, but stick with me!), you’ll need:
- Thick-cut bacon
- A ripe peach
- A batch of basil mayo
- Good quality bread
First we’ll mix up the basil mayo with a simple combination of fresh basil chopped finely, a couple spoonfuls of mayo, a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir it up and let it sit for a few minutes while you prep the rest of the sandwich.
Then we’ll toast the bread and cook the bacon. Both of these are up to your discretion how crispy/toasty you like them. But speaking as a fan of well toasted bread, under-toasting here makes for a less painfully crunchy eating experience. And I like my bacon to be not-too-done here.
And finally we assemble!
- 2 slices thick-cut bacon
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 fresh peach sliced
- 2 leaves romaine lettuce
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 4 large basil leaves chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, chopped basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
On the stovetop or in the microwave, cook bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel to drain.
Toast the bread until just crunchy on the outside and a bit browned.
To assemble the sandwich, slather the basil mayo on one slice of bread, top with the peaches,then the lettuce, then the bacon. Top with the other slice of bread and take a bite!