One of my favorite sandwiches has always been a BLT. I love the juxtaposition of the crispy, salty bacon with the crisp cold lettuce and juicy tomato, together on toasted bread slathered with Miracle Whip. Now, bacon is just about one of the worst foods you can eat - super high in sodium, fat and nitrates (cancer causers), but I love the salt and crispiness. So when I heard about tempeh bacon, I couldn't wait to try it. It has a different texture than bacon, obviously, but with the right seasoning it tastes smoky and salty just like bacon and I am thrilled to have a way to enjoy my favorite sandwich. In fact, I made it for Rachel the a week or two ago (because she loves bacon) and she has asked for it every day since.
You can buy it already seasoned or make your own. I find it a little expensive to buy ready-made so I marinate and cook it myself.
1 pkg (8 oz) tempeh
1/4 c. tamari soy sauce
2 tsp liquid smoke
3 Tbsp real maple syrup
1/4 c. water
Oil for frying
Place block of tempeh in a steamer basket over boiling water and steam for 10 minutes. Let cool, then slice into thin strips. Meanwhile, in a bowl combine tamari, liquid smoke, maple syrup and water. Mix well. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight. The longer you marinate, the stronger the flavor will be.
After tempeh has marinated, add strips to a lightly greased skillet and heat until crisp. After about 5 minutes on each side, the tempeh will turn brown, carmelize and get crispier and chewier.
To make the BLT, I toast whole-wheat bread, then spread with hummus.
Layer on the tempeh, lettuce and tomato. Delicious!