Garlicky Gammon BLT with Havarti Cheese

The BLT on toast with mayo is a classic sandwich, infinately tweakable. This version takes advantage of fresh summer veggies, and the toast and bacon get an upgrade. Creamy Jalapeño Havarti brings everything together with a little kick of spice. There’s mild garlic flavor in the buns, which get a good shmear of garlic butter before being toasted crisp and golden, and a final drizzle of yummy dill and garlic flavoured yogurt dressing instead of mayo. The dressing also makes a nice dip for carrot sticks or chips.

How to Cook Gammon Bacon:

Gammon bacon is not like ordinary bacon. One slice contains two portions: a round piece from the loin (back bacon) attached to a streaky piece from the side, effectively providing two distinct meat experiences.

gammon bacon I separate the loin from the streaky part and pan fry the pieces over medium low heat. The loin piece is quite lean and should be cooked through but remain tender (a minute or two each side, depending on thickness). Cook the streaky parts a bit longer over low heat so the fat renders off and the pieces become crispy. Drain them on paper toweling.

Garlicky Gammon BLT

This recipe makes two sandwiches. One slice of gammon bacon per sandwich is plenty, but for a more generous serving of meat allow two slices per person. I know, you can’t see the bacon in the picture. Really, the bacon is in there; I swear! Fellow Foodie Fotographers: if you have any advice for sandwich posing, I’d love to hear it.

gammon BLT

2 Nature’s Blend Olive Oil & Garlic Buns
Garlic Butter
Handful of baby field greens
Havarti Cheese with Jalapeños
Two slices Gammon bacon, cooked
One heirloom tomato, sliced
Garlicky Dill Dressing

  1. Make Garlic Butter:
    Mix 2T softened butter, 1 garlic clove minced, dash of paprika, S&P.
  2. Make Garlicky Dill Dressing:
    Combine 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/8 tsp granulated garlic, 1/2 tsp dried dill, S&P.
  3. Spread buns with garlic butter. Toast under broiler until golden. Let them cool.
  4. Place sliced Jalapenño Havarti Cheese on the bottom bun, then top with cooked Gammon bacon, baby greens, and tomato slices.
  5. Drizzle with Garlicky Dill Dressing and add the top bun.
  6. Enjoy thoroughly.

12 responses to “Garlicky Gammon BLT with Havarti Cheese

  1. Yum! That looks amazing!

  2. I never even hear of Gammon Bacon! I’m going to the store to find myself some ASAP. Thanks for changing my life lol. Take Care.

  3. I’ve never heard of this gammon bacon before, does it go by any other name or come from a distinct culture?

    • curiousdomestic

      I think it’s British/Irish in origin. The oval piece from the loin on its own is also called “back bacon” or “Canadian bacon.” I had never encountered Gammon bacon until I came to Canada. Most American bacon is the streaky part, also called “rashers.”

  4. A great twist on a classic BLT! The Havarti Cheese with Jalapeños must be excellent and very interesting to learned about Gammon bacon. The sandwich sounds delicious!

    • curiousdomestic

      Thanks my dear! I’m looking forward to making more soon while tomatoes are still delicious.

  5. WOw..This looks great. My husband loves BLTs. I also have never heard of Gammon. Was it easy to find?

    • curiousdomestic

      I find it at butcher shops where they make their own bacon in house. I’ve never seen it sold in regular grocery stores.

  6. wow that look delicious! I made something very similar to this yesterday too, except I used turkey bacon

    • curiousdomestic

      You know, I haven’t ever tried turkey bacon. Sometimes I like bacon on my turkey sandwiches, though. 8)

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