BLT Bites and a #TopChef Give Away

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Did you see last Wednesday’s Top Chef Seattle’s “Quickfire Challenge”?  Iceberg lettuce?  Really? I have to admit that I threw my hands in the air in a “what the heck” way when Padma said that was the challenge ingredient.  I buy iceberg maybe once or twice a year and the only thing I use it for is making Chinese Lettuce Wraps.  So I wasn’t shocked when most of the cheftestants chose to use it for for the same thing….a shell for something else…with flavor.

BLT Bites via farmgirlgourmet.comSo as not to copy the cheftestants and their lettuce wrapped deliciousness, I decided to kick up iceberg another way…but putting bacon on it and of course the other ingredients that go into the BLT.  I must be on a serious bacon kick lately.  Last week was California Roll sushi with bacon and now this!  Maybe I’m channeling my inner Joshua and need to run out and buy a Bacon t-shirt pronto!

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These BLT bites are super quick to make and are more filling than you’d expect them to be with their compact size.  We enjoyed them during Super Bowl, but they would be perfect for a baby shower or your next church gathering.  The best part is that it only takes a short time to prepare them.
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I used good ole white bread but you could healthy-fy them by using whole grain.  With the bacon and mayo, no one would ever know the difference.BLT Bites 5

Except my daughter, of course.  She’s super anti-anything-healthy.  It’s almost like she has some sort of super power where she’s able to sniff out whole wheat.  Believe me, I’ve tried on many occasions to pull one over on her.  Chalk her up as the winner, every time.BLT Bites 6

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BLT Bites

Yield: Makes 24 Bites

BLT Bites


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 4 slices bread, crust removed & cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 2 inch square pieces
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray a small rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place bread squares on the baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove and cool.
  2. Crisp bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat, remove to a paper towel lined plate and cool.
  3. Assembly:
  4. Spread a small amount of mayonnaise on each bread slice. Top with 3 or 4 pieces of lettuce, then a slice of bacon. Skewer the tomato half with a long toothpick and stick into the bacon, lettuce and bread. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.


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    Brown Butter Cake w Goat Cheese Cream & Blackberry - Farmgirl Gourmet
    February 23, 2013 at 6:01 am

    […] Oh the Iceberg challenge.  So fitting as they sailed up the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the iceberg filled waters of Alaska.  My one “aha” moment from that episode was when Stefan braised the iceberg lettuce greens.  BRILLIANT!  I didn’t go so crazy with these BLT Bites, but they were still delish! […]

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    February 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    CJ, I think.

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    February 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    CJ for sure!

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    Olga @ MangoTomato
    February 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    CJ all the way.

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    Athena R
    February 5, 2013 at 5:56 am


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    February 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    CJ should be saved.

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    February 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I love this – will use for my Oscar party!

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    Lauren T
    February 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’m torn between CJ and Stefan. I suppose if forced, I would choose CJ. I really do love Stefan though.
    Loving this season of Top Chef!!

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    Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe
    February 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Save CJ!!! Although I have to admit, Stefan is not half as annoying this time around as he was in his first run

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    February 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Ok, love these! What fun apps to make and share!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy}
    February 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    These are so cute! Perfect for a party

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    Milisa Armstrong
    February 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I would have to say CJ! Love these appetizers and I actually like iceberg lettuce. I am getting the feeling that I stand alone here!

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    February 4, 2013 at 9:00 am


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    Cindy Brickley
    February 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

    CJ all the way!

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    February 4, 2013 at 7:49 am

    CJ! I love watching Top Chef! 🙂 Those little BLT apps look wonderful & perfect for a party too!

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    February 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Oh CJ for sure!!!

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray
    February 4, 2013 at 5:28 am

    CJ of course!

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