This post was created in partnership with Hatfield Quality Meats. All opinions, images and content are my own.
Is there anything tastier than a BLT? It’s such a perfect, classic combination of ingredients and one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. It’s so simple too – simple, quality ingredients like juicy red tomatoes, crisp, buttery green lettuce, and thick, crusty bread. The star of the show though is always the bacon! And high-quality, great tasting bacon like Hatfield’s Thick Cut Triple Smoked Bacon does the trick for me. To take my love for a classic BLT to the next level, I brought it from a weekday lunch to an entertaining spread (or really tasty family dinner) with a big DIY BLT Board full of all the fixings.The B comes first in the BLT, because it’s top priority for this DIY sandwich board. I chose Hatfield’s Maple Brown Sugar Extra Thick Cut Triple Smoked Bacon for this display. I like the thick-cut bacon because it makes a bit more of a heartier impact for the sandwiches, I love the sweet maple brown sugar flavoring. I also loved learning that as a family-owned, American company, Hatfield is dedicated to a better-quality and better-tasting product by producing pork without the use of hormones or steroids. There are lots of different ways to cook your bacon, but my preferred method for cooking it up on a large scale like you need for this board is by baking it in the oven on a rimmed baking sheet until it’s the perfect crispy level of golden-colored doneness. Once the bacon is cooked, drain it on some clean paper towels and let it rest while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. On the board I started with a big sheet of parchment paper to catch any extra bacon grease, and then fanned out crispy green butter lettuce around one side of the tray. A bunch of mixed greens also got added to the board for some lettuce variety, so everyone can add their preferred greens to their BLT. I used a combination of big slices of beefsteak tomatoes and a rainbow of smaller cherry and grape tomatoes for my “T” ingredients. Season the cut tomatoes with salt and pepper before adding them to the display. Thin slices of radishes and red onions also got added onto the board for some extra peppery bite and crunch for the sandwiches. Add a combination of your favorite breads to the display; I chose a rustic Italian bread and a honey sunflower toast for this display, but consider small appetizer rolls, crusty sourdough, or even some wraps and tortillas for your board! And one of my favorite details of the BLT station is the variety of dips and spreads that finish the sandwiches off. A classic mayonnaise, a spicy sriracha aioli, and smooth avocado spread with a squeeze of fresh lime juice are some of my go-to options but mix in whatever condiments are your favorite! All that’s left to do is set out your display and start building your perfect, layered BLT!