BLT sandwiches are classic and delicious all on their own. But if it’s the middle of sweet corn season, do yourself a favor and make this BLT Esquites Sandwich! Crispy bacon meets fresh garden vegetables and Mexican street corn. This sandwich is perfect for a delicious lunch or light dinner.
I suppose I have bacon on the brain and that’s why this sandwich looks so slamfandantastic to me. You can’t see it very well in my photos, but there’s a bacon weave at the bottom of the sandwich. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? A bacon weave looks like this:
By the way, photo credit goes to Nick at Dude Foods. Have you seen his Bacon Weave Double Cheeseburger? Oh em gee. If coronary artery disease didn’t run rampant through my family’s gene pool, I might try one of those burgers. Actually, I might try one anyway. You only live once, so make sure that there are no regrets. That’s my reason for using a bacon weave on my sandwich. No regrets.
The main reason for creating this BLT Esquites sandwich is that it’s Bacon Month. Have bacon. Use bacon. Eat bacon.
Back to my jazzed up BLT sandwich…
Do you know what Esquites is, and more importantly, have you ever eaten it? You’re shaking your head up and down in the affirmative motion, aren’t you? If not, just know that it’s a delicious Mexican street snack that you must consume mass quantities of whenever fresh sweet corn is available.
That’s an important guideline, made up and mandated by yours truly, so please try to adhere to it, m’kay?
Esquites is the younger but neater cousin of Elote, which is basically the messiest and most delicious corn on the cob you’ll ever sink your teeth into. It’s smothered in mayonnaise, lime juice, spices, and cheese. Uh huh. Amazing wow, right? I told you it was messy and delicious! Anyhoo, for lack of a better word, it is being used as a salsa for my sandwich. It’s adds depth of flavor to a BLT that you can’t taste by using regular mayo, and the yellow sweet corn makes me want to smile.
If you want to see the other Bacon Month recipes submitted by the group, including my recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara with Browned Butter, just click here. You can also visit the I Heart Bacon Pinterest board for more bacon recipes.
I hope you enjoy this esquites-loaded BLT!
BLT Esquites Sandwich
A BLT sandwich meets Mexican street corn for a lunch party in your mouth!
- 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked
- 4 small leaves of green leaf, romaine, or iceberg lettuce
- 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
- 2 ciabatta rolls or bread of your choice, sliced in half
- For the Esquites
- 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 ears fresh corn, shucked, kernels removed (about 1.5 cups fresh corn kernels)
- 1 healthy pinch sea or Kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 ounce cotija or Parmesan cheese, finely crumbled/shredded
- 3 scallion greens, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and stemmed, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, plus more to taste
- For Esquites
- Place oil into a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over high heat until shimmering.
- Add corn kernels and salt. Stir once or twice, then cook without disturbing until corn is charred on one side, about 2 minutes. Toss corn, stir, and repeat until charred on second side, about 2 minutes longer. Continue tossing and charring until well charred all over, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Add mayonnaise, cheese, scallions, jalapeño, lime juice, and chili powder and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and more chili powder to taste.
- Sandwich Assembly
- Place rolls onto a serving platter, cut side up.
- Place half of the Esquites on one side of each sandwich. On the opposite side of the roll, stack 4 bacon slices, 2 pieces of lettuce and tomato slices. Place sandwich halves together and open wide to eat and enjoy!
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 968kcal Calories from fat 593|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 66g||102%|
|Saturated Fat 20g||100%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||28%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g||80g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g||80g|
Recipe adapted from Serious Eats