The In N Out Animal Style Inspired BLT

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Some of us are lucky enough to live by an In N Out Burger, and we “In N Out Pros” know all about the “secret menu” and how to order our perfect burger. The best-known secret from that not-so-secret menu is the Animal Style burger, ruler of all when it comes to In N Out Burgers.

For those who do not know, an animal style burger takes the classic In N Out Burger (toasted bun, beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese, and secret spread) and adds pickles, mustard, grilled onions, and extra spread. Sounds like a burger straight from heaven, doesn’t it? But why are we talking about burgers when we can be talking about bacon?

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Well, we’re all about Bacon strips (duh!) which means we’re also all about BLTs! And since April is BLT Month, we thought we’d take this amazing burger and turn it into a mouthwatering BLT. So, without any more yammering on, we’d like to present you with The In N Out Animal Style Inspired BLT!

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In N Out Animal Style BLT Ingredients:

Bacon strips, cooked
White bread
Lettuce, shredded
Tomato, sliced
Yellow mustard (optional)
Pickles (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large sweet onion
2 American cheese slices (optional)

Spread Ingredients:
1/4 cup mayo (or Greek yogurt)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with foil, then lay out the bacon strips. Place in the oven, then turn the oven on to 375° F. Let the bacon cook while the oven is heating for 17-20 minutes. When done, transfer strips to a paper-towel lined plate to drain any excess grease.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and 3/4 teaspoon salt, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and soft (about 30 minutes). Increase the heat to medium high and continue to cook, stirring often, until caramelized (about 8 more minutes). Add 1/2 cup water to the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer, stirring, until the water evaporates, about 2 more minutes; transfer to a bowl and set aside.

In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and vinegar; set aside.

To build your In N Out Animal Style BLT, spread a tablespoon of the spread onto one piece of bread, then top with desired amount of pickles, lettuce, tomato slices, and bacon. Add one piece of American cheese, then top with the caramelized onions. Spread a little bit of mustard on the other piece of bread and top off your sandwich.

To toast your sandwich, you can use a panini press or a griddle. If you are using a panini press, just follow the directions that came with your press. If you are using a griddle, heat a bit of butter on the griddle over medium heat. Spread butter on one side of the completed sandwich, then place buttered-side down onto the warmed griddle and reduce to medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes until bread is toasted. While it is cooking, butter the upside. Flip the whole sandwich and cook for another 1-2 minutes until bread is toasted.

If you want to take your meal to the next level, try making your own Animal Style FRENCH FRIES by topping a pile of freshly-cooked french fries with American cheese, secret spread, and grilled onions. Might as well throw lots of bacon in there too!

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