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A classic BLT with added pizazz! Slider size rolls, slathered with homemade sun dried tomato aioli, then topped with fresh arugula and thick-cut bacon.
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Have I got the perfect game day food for y’all! These BLT Sliders are incredible.
If you’re like me and you live to eat rather than eat to live: this is the slider for you! You and I, my friends, we don’t just survive; we discover! We create!
“Good food” is like music you can taste, color you can smell, happiness you can savor.
Dear reader, these BLT Sliders DEFINITELY count as “good food.” Each flavor used in this sandwich is unique and beautiful, but when you combine one flavor with the other: something amazing happens!
Every second of work you put into these BLT Sliders will be worth it because in the end you will have what I call a “Fireworks in your Mouth” moment: that moment when you taste something so utterly good your taste buds have to celebrate and you surprise yourself with your amazing cooking skills.
Nothing says football like a BLT
Most people believe BLT stands for Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato.
Dear reader, if you are among those poor unfortunate souls who’ve always believed that, let me now educate you…
Allow me to now educate you further:
When someone gets the B then the L will soon T…
Also, you were right: BLT does in fact stand for Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato, AKA, the best sandwich in the history of ever.
About a decade ago I was pregnant with my first child. At the time, I was working as a genealogy consultant for a UK company. Because the customers were based out of the UK, their hours were the complete opposite of mine which resulted in me working from 2am until 10am five days a week.
I often found myself absolutely starving in the middle of the night and the only thing that ever sounded good was a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.
I was somewhat new to marriage and very new to pregnancy and feeling a little entitled. Haha!
Oftentimes I would make my husband stay awake with me while I worked all night long. He would sit next to me watching football, while I worked and ate BLT after BLT.
To this day, an entire decade later, football cannot be playing unless I have a BLT in hand…
So of course I created a pint-sized version of my favorite sandwich to share with friends and family when they come for the big game!
Football is Bacon
Follow my line of thinking here for a second and you’ll soon understand the title of this paragraph:
Football is exercise
…ex.. er.. cise
…ex.. are.. size
…eggs.. are.. sides…
(Saw that on a t-shirt once; it’s my new philosophy!)
Bigger, Better Bacon
For these incredibly delicious BLT Sliders I use Wright® Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon. I specifically like this brand of bacon in my sliders for two reasons:
- It’s thicker cut: which means you will actually taste the bacon in every bite, AND it won’t fall apart when you accordion fold it for the sliders.
- Wright Brand Bacon is a quality product. Better ingredients equal a better dish and chef.
Wright Brand Bacon is available in the refrigerated section at your local Kroger or Kroger banner store.
Y’all this recipe is pretty dang perfect as is! I’m not bragging… well yes, yes I am; because it is so great! However, if you’re looking to stray even further from the classic BLT, other ingredient options include:
- Red Onion
- Caramelized Onion
- Cheese (I’d suggest Gouda)
- Grilled Chicken
Of course, with those ingredients the name would need to change too. For example the BLT with an onion added would then need to be called a BOLT. I wonder what football acronym I could come up with for that sandwich!?!
Enough talk, let’s eat!
Recipe for BLT Sliders:
- 4 Bolillo (hoagie style) Rolls, cut to size
- 1-2 TBS butter
- 1 24oz pkg Wright® Brand Hickory smoked Bacon
- 1-2 cups Arugala
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 SCANT cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp Champagne Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Pinch of Cayenne
- *Combine all Aioli ingredients in food processor or blender and pulse until it reaches desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- On parchment covered cookie sheet, lay pieces of bacon flat.
- Bake at 385F degrees for 10 minutes.
- Flip bacon and return to the oven for 3 more minutes.
- Accordion fold the pieces of Bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Return to oven for 3-5 (depending on how crisp you like your bacon!) more minutes.
- Drain bacon on paper towels.
- Slather Aioli on the insides of cut rolls.
- Place a generous covering of arugula on top of the aioli,
- Remove toothpick from accordion folded bacon and top the arugula with the bacon.
- Cover with top piece of roll and stick toothpick through to hold slider together.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!