kosher BLTs!

Aha – I got you! you’re wondering why a kosher blog is featuring a sandwich with the main ingredient as bacon! Well, Jack’s Gourmet has an awesome new-ish product on the market called facon, which is dry cured beef! I’m not sure how it compares to the real stuff, but I do know it’s awesome. We baked it up to make it crispy and put it on a fresh, toasted sourdough bread with some lettuce and thick slices of tomato – voila! an easy, delicious, and filling dinner!¬†kosher BLTs!kosher BLTs!

If you can’t find facon, but live in Brooklyn, Pomegranate has some good bacon options – I think lamb, veal, and beef. I’ve bought it before, but never baked it up like I did with Jack’s Gourmet facon.

Okay, so now I’m mad. I bought my facon at Fairway, and I paid $6.99! Usually they have great prices, but the MSRP for facon is 5.99 and they’re selling it online for 4.99. I feel ripped off. Good thing I love Fairway for other reasons.

kosher BLTs!kosher BLTs!

Another note: A while back, I read about how healthy watercress is! So while traditionally you use a little bit more of a crispy and big leafed lettuce for a BLT (I think), I wanted to be super healthy! So, I used watercress as the lettuce in this. It was great! Really.

Oh, and I didn’t add any mayo. I was thinking of making a garlic aioli and spreading it on the bread, but I changed my mind and just dressed the lettuce with a tiny bit of oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. It was great.

kosher BLTs!kosher BLTs!


Makes 3 sandwiches


  • 6 slices sourdough bread, sliced and toasted¬†
  • 1 package of Jack’s Gourmet facon
  • 1 cup watercress, washed and dried well
  • 3 thick slices of tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

2. Place the slices of bread on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 5 minutes.

3. Remove the bacon from the package and put into a basketweave pattern, kinda like this, but using two slices across and two down. If some slices are longer than others, feel free to trim them, etc.

4. Bake the bacon until crispy, mine took about 15 minutes.

5. Dress the watercress with a splash of vinegar, a splash of oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

6. Lay three of the toast slices on a plate.

7. Divide the lettuce between the slices and top with the tomato.

8. Top with bacon and the second slice of bread.

9. Eat right away!

  • Alison @ Alibabka

    Love FLTs!! Jacks is awesome.

  • Love that you used watercress instead of the traditional lettuce. That facon looks fantastic. I love that you baked it!

    • i learned that trick from pinterest. and watercress, a super green! why should i even use non super ingredients?

  • I gotta get my hands on some of this facon. Looks amazing. And I’m with HIndy—loving that you used watercress!

  • A classic that is all new to us!!

  • This is awesome, classic, comfort food for me

  • Sarah Klinkowitz

    As someone who has had the ‘real’ thing in the past, so far Jack’s Facon is the closest that I have tasted. I was almost fooled for a moment. Looks amazing!

  • I have also used Jack’s Facon. AWESOME! This sandwich will be ultra fabulous when summer tomatoes are here. YUM. And re: Sarah’s comment: I used facon for rumaki for guests who are not kosher and they never guessed the facon wasn’t bacon. They ate it without even questioning and never said a word except that it was delicious.

    • secret: i don’t even like tomatoes! that was my husband’s sandwich. i made mine with roasted red pepper instead. but he said the same thing about summer tomatoes.

  • That’s a sandwich many have been waiting for. I know someone in my family who would love to it this!

  • LilMissCakes

    sounds delicious, but I would not have had the willpower to skip the mayo!

    • mayo’s not necessary! really, you won’t miss it.

  • Facon…love it! Looks like a real BLT!

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