Food History Spotlight: The BLT
Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato- all between two slices of your favorite bread and slathered with mayo. Some prefer a classic white bread, but choosing sourdough, rye, or pumpernickel can add a sturdier, arguably tastier dimension to this American classic. Yum. But have you ever wondered where the BLT came from? Here’s the 411 on this tasty sandwich!
The History of the BLT
The predecessor of the BLT was said to have been a version of an English tea sandwich that had been enjoyed since before Victorian times.
BLT first appeared in British cookbooks in the late 1920s, but the BLT didn’t gain popularity in the US until after WWII. Why? With the introduction of supermarkets, certain produce (namely lettuce and tomatoes) became available year-round. Additionally, American women had flocked to the workforce en masse during the war and remained even after it was over, but they still had to fill the space of “homemaker”. This sandwich was their low-maintenance and tasty solution to lunch prep!
In fact, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise released advertisements centered around the BLT in 1958. One such advertisement used the tagline, “traditional on bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches”. When large food companies look to cash in on trends, you know they’re ultra-popular with the public!
George’s Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich
Our BLTs at George’s Burgers are made-to-order for you! Crispy, hot bacon- check! Crunchy lettuce- double check! Juicy, fresh tomatoes- triple check! Put all of that between two slices of your choice of locally baked bread covered in mayo. That’s right, we let you pick! We also offer our BLT with freshly sliced avocado.
We offer delivery and pick-up through our third-party delivery partners, DoorDash and Postmates. So, when you’re hankering for some bacon-y, lettuce-y, tomato-y goodness, we’ve got your back. Make lunch plans with George’s Burgers and grab a BLT of your very own today!