BLT w/ Eggplant Bacon

B.L.T. These three letters can often incite salivating among the foodies we know, and for good reason! Whether you’re looking for a nice comfort food dinner, an easy sandwich to bring to work for lunch, or you’re planning a nice picnic, the B.L.T. is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, our version of this classic, swaps the traditional bacon for eggplant bacon. Which means, if you decide to help yourself to a second sandwich, you won’t have to feel guilty about it! Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think of it.

Ingredients:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Eggplant (only need half)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Aminos (can substitute Soy Sauce)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Vegan Worcestershire
  • 2 Tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 1 Head of lettuce, will only need 1 or 2 leaves
  • 1 Avocado, halved, pitted, and sliced
  • Vegan Mayonnaise (store bought, or homemade)
  • 2 Slices of Bread

Directions:

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Slice your eggplant in half lengthwise (store the half you’re not using). Then, slice your eggplant in half lengthwise again. Using a very sharp knife, or a mandoline, to cut your eggplant quarters into thin slices (not paper thin, but close), set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine, olive oil, liquid aminos, maple syrup, vegan Worcestershire, liquid smoke, paprika, salt, garlic powder, ground pepper.
  4. Place parchment paper on baking sheet, place eggplant slices on paper, brush eggplant with seasoning mixture, flip and repeat to coat both sides, sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Put baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until eggplant bacon looks red and dry, it will crisp up more as it cools.
  6. While the eggplant cooks, you can use this time to slice your tomato, avocado, and lettuce. You can also prepare any sides you wish to accompany your sandwich.
  7. Once your eggplant has finished cooking, set it aside to cool and begin to construct your sandwich.
  8. Toast your bread if you so choose. Then apply your mayo, lettuce, tomato, eggplant bacon, and avocado! Pair it with your favorite side or maybe a second sandwich?!
  9. Enjoy!

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