Recipe: Bacon, Lettuce And Pear Sandwich (The BLP)

You won't miss summer's BLT with this cool-weather rendition, starring Asian pear

For this sandwich, we took some flavor notes from our favorite Korean condiment, kimchi, and made pickled Asian pears. Every crunchy bite has subtle heat from gochugaru (Korean chile pepper), and it's all layered with creamy aioli, crispy bacon and bitter Treviso radicchio (although not technically a lettuce, the leafy chicory serves the same purpose).

The homemade garlic aioli really brings the sandwich together, but the next best option is to doctor up store-bought mayonnaise with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of finely grated garlic.

To learn more, read "Grow a Pear."

Recipe adapted from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Bacon, Lettuce And Pear Sandwich (The BLP)
5 from 35 ratings
Fall gets its very own bacon, lettuce and pear sandwich, complete with crunchy pickled Asian pears and bitter radicchio leaves.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total time: 25 minutes
  • For the Pickled Pears
  • 1 large Asian pear, quartered and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Korean gochugaru, or crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • One 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • For The BLP
  • 4 slices uncooked bacon
  • ¼ head Treviso radicchio, stem cut and leaves separated
  • 3 tablespoons aioli
  • 4 slices pumpernickel bread, toasted
Optional Ingredients
  • Handful frisée (optional)
  1. Make the pickled pears: Place the pear slices in a 1-quart glass jar. In a small saucepan, stir together the water, vinegar, sugar, gochugaru, salt and ginger, and bring to a simmer over medium heat, 3 minutes. Pour the hot pickling liquid over the pears and let cool to room temperature, 30 minutes. Cover and chill until crunchy, at least 1 hour. Make ahead: The pickled pears can be refrigerated up to 1 week.
  2. Make The BLP: In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Return the sauté pan to high heat. Add the radicchio and cook until the edges start to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to the plate with the bacon.
  4. To make the sandwiches, spread a layer of aioli on each piece of toast, then layer two pieces of the toast with the bacon, Treviso radicchio, frisée and pickled pear slices. Top with the remaining toast and serve.
Calories per Serving 189
Total Fat 13.3 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 15.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.6 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Total Sugars 8.4 g
Sodium 327.7 mg
Protein 3.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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