Vegan BLT – smoky, salty strips of portobello bacon, topped with crispy lettuce, juicy tomato slices and avocado. You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy this twist on a classic sandwich.
I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I’m always ready to try something that’s a healthier choice. A few months ago I read about ways to make bacon out of a variety of real foods. I was intrigued because I love bacon, and if I can find a better way to enjoy bacon flavor, I’m in.
You can make fake bacon with eggplant, coconut flakes, tempeh and portobello mushrooms. I haven’t tried all of these options yet, but I have tried coconut bacon, and it’s a good option for bacon bits in salads, but it’s kind of wimpy for a sandwich. I think the portobellos work out perfectly for a vegan BLT. They are thicker and they absorb the smoky and salty flavors of bacon with a hint of crispiness.
This sandwich doesn’t really need a recipe once you have the mushroom bacon ready. I added creamy avocado slices to replace the mayo, but you can stick with the mayo. And then load it up with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and lots of portobello bacon.
Smokey and salty strips of portobello mushrooms replace bacon in this vegan version of a BLT.
- Prep Time: 40
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Lunch
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American
4 large portobello mushroom caps
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 medium to large tomato sliced
1/2 of an avocado sliced
romaine lettuce leaves
4 slices of whole wheat or whole grain bread
pre-heat oven to 400
line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and coat it with the olive oil
slice the mushrooms as thin as you can and place them on the baking sheets in a single layer
sprinkle the mushrooms with the smoked paprika and salt
roast in the oven for 15 minutes, by this time they should start to reduce in size
lower the heat 350 and cook for about 10 minutes more until the shrivel
remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes
assemble the sandwiches by topping the bread or toast with avocado slices, lettuce, mushroom bacon and top with tomato
Keywords: lunch, BLT, Vegan BLT, Portobello BLT
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