To pull off this family meal idea, assign each child his or her own task, like toasting the bread, spreading the sauce on slices, washing produce, and more. Adding a few creative additions to your DIY BLT bar—like homemade ranch mayo made with fresh herbs, hard-boiled eggs, and avocado slices—make it a meal that kids and adults alike will love. If you have leftover ranch mayo, don't toss it! Stir in an extra dollop of sour cream or yogurt for a delicious dip for chips or crudité, or add fresh lemon juice to make an easy homemade salad dressing.

Dawn Perry


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Perfect crispy baconPreheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle position. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Arrange bacon in a single layer and bake until golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Ranch mayoMix ingredients in a medium bowl until evenly combined. Use immediately or refrigerate, covered, for up to 3 days.

Chef's Notes

How the kids can help

  • Have kids lay out an assembly line with all the fixings: bread, mayo, lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled eggs or other extras, cheese or avocado, salt, and pepper.
  • Spreads and toppings often require special serving tools. Let kids match the right spoon, knife, or fork to each ingredient.
  • Set up a toasting station and assign a “toast master” to take orders. That way everyone gets just as much golden brown as they desire.