As someone who had been a vegetarian for 15 years before switching to veganism, I seriously do not get this whole bacon trend.
Bacon on cupcakes.
Bacon covered in chocolate.
Bacon in everything!
I don’t get it. Cupcakes had a good solid bacon-less run. I don’t feel like they were lacking.
With that said, I was having a recipe funk this weekend and was going through all my old recipe print outs (I collect recipes and cook books like some people collect cats…it’s scary…) when I came across this recipe. It had fake bacon AND fake mayo yet, it called to me. Maybe it was the avocado. Or maybe it was the thought of buying a fresh tomato at the farmers market and actually using it! Or maybe those three magical letters- BBQ- won be over.
Whatever the reason, I found myself reluctantly joining the bacon bandwagon this weekend and making a BLTA.
oh ok…the pseudo-bacon bandwagon. Whatever!
Anyway, it was good. Real good!
I suspect that was the BBQ Aioli that my sandwich was practically swimming in, though, not so much the faux bacon.
Chipotle BBQ BLTA
from Healthy Bitch Daily
- 2 pieces of bread (HBD recommends sour dough. I used When Pigs Can Fly Tuscan Wheat)
- 2-3 slices of tempeh bacon
- 1 romaine leaf or a tiny handful of baby spinach (ok, so technically I made a BSTA sandwich…whatever!)
- 2-3 slices of fresh tomato
- 1/4 avocado, sliced or mashed
- spoonful of Chipotle BBQ Aioli (see below)
Combine everything into a delicious sandwich, smoosh down so it’s bitable and consume. Keep lots of napkins handy cause it can get messy!
Chipotle BBQ Aioli
- 1 cup of Vegenaise
- 2-4 oz extra virgin olive oil (I used 2)
- 2-3 drops of lemon juice (to help separation)
- 1-2 TBSP chipotle pepper adobo sauce (juice from the peppers, not the peppers themselves)
- 1 TBSP garlic, minced or pureed
- 1-2 TBSP vegan BBQ sauce (I used Bone Suckin’ sauce…I may have also used 3-4 TBSPs…)
Place Vegenaise in a bowl and whisk in olive oil until blended; add a few drops of lemon juice if it starts to separate. Add all other ingredients, blend, and allow the mixture to stand for approximately 3o minutes.
I served this with a side of Kale chips and a ton of napkins. Because it was really good in that messy sort of way where you are left licking Chipotle BBQ Aioli off your fingers. Yum!