Bread-Free Mini BLTs


  • turkey bacon strips, sliced in half lengthwise, ½ strip per tomato
  • strips of lettuce, any kind, but with curly edges, trimmed to about 2" wide
  • small rounded tomatoes, bottom sliced, seeds & insides scooped out
  • canola mayonnaise

Special Equipment

  • toothpicks or cocktail skewers
  • melon baller
  • pastry bag or plastic bag with hole cut in the tip


  1. Preheat oven to 375º
  2. Place turkey bacon strips on a cookie sheet and bake in a 375º oven for 8 minutes each side. Blot lightly to remove excess grease
  3. Working quickly and when bacon is cool enough to handle, wrap each strip around your finger into a coil and secure with a toothpick or skewer.  Set aside
  4. Prepare tomatoes by slicing a small piece off the bottom so that they will sit flat on a plate
  5. Slice an ellipse of tomato off the top. With a melon baller, scoop out the insides.  Set aside on a paper towel to dry


  1. Take strips of lettuce and lay flat.  With a pastry bag (or a toothpick) put small amounts of mayo in about 3-4 spots on the lettuce, keeping each end of the lettuce free of mayo to keep it from spilling over the edges as you will be rolling it up
  2. Lay a strip of bacon on the lettuce and roll the lettuce and bacon into a circle.  Insert inside hollowed out tomato
  3. Add a drop of mayo on top and serve