I love BLTs.  Let me rephrase.  I love vegan BLTs.  The idea of eating a BLT with actual bacon makes me a little queasy.  That being said a BLT with some crispy tempeh bacon is right up my alley.  While the classic BLT is delicious, I personally think it goes up about five notches when you add avocado to the mix.  I think it was Aristotle who said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.  Look, I know we are just talking about a sandwich here, but it applies, okay.

The key to this B(a)LT sandwich is really crisping up your tempeh bacon.  I specifically use Tofurky’s Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Strips for this sandwich.  They burn crisp up really nicely, which gives the sandwich a nice smoky flavor.  When you prepare the strips you will want to get your pan nice and hot.  Don’t smoke your kitchen out, but get your pan hot enough to get a good sear on your tempeh.  You can see from the photo that mine have some really nice charred spots on them.

You will also want fresh, crisp lettuce and ripe tomatoes.  There is a produce stand right up the street from my daughter’s apartment that sells big beautiful Ruskin tomatoes.  Ruskin tomatoes are nice and meaty and don’t have an overabundance of juice or seeds.  Look for something similar.  If you can’t find these, try an ugly ripe or another meaty tomato.  Tomatoes have the best flavor when they haven’t been refrigerated, so store them on your counter-top rather than your fridge.  I didn’t have any iceberg lettuce on hand, because I rarely eat it, but I had a salad mix, so I used that instead.  It gave a lot more flavor and nutrients, so I was winning all day with this one.

 

Putting the sandwich together was pretty easy.  I toasted up my bread, slathered it with Hellmann’s new Vegan Mayo (have you noticed that I am obsessed with this stuff?), then stacked my ingredients.  Let me reiterate, toast your bread!  No one wants a soggy BLT.  Toasting it also adds a nice crunchy factor.  Just trust me on this and toast your bread.

I layered my lettuce mix, tomato, and tempeh bacon on one side, and avocado on the other so you guys could see my layers.   You can layer your ingredients however you choose, just make sure you have all the layers on your bread.  Don’t forget to season your tomato and avocado slices with a little salt and pepper.  It’s the little things that take food to the next level.

After you have your sandwich assembled, dig in.  It’s going to be messy.  The avocado likes to slip out the sides.  I don’t even care, messy foods are the most fun to eat.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • Bread, toasted
  • Tofurky Tempeh Bacon Strips, charred
  • Fresh tomato, sliced
  • Lettuce
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Fresh Avocado, sliced