Vegan BLT Sandwich w/ Rice Paper Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, and Arugula
Difficulty: 2/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 1/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches
The Challenge: BLT Sandwich
Jesus - it looks good huh.
I love BLTs. I used to eat them with old green box Morningstar Farms bacon, but after becoming a vegan, I have not had many since most bacon replacements are not vegan. So, I wanted to crush that issue. But how to make an easy vegan bacon that wouldn't require too much work.
Enter rice paper.
I had seen some rice paper recipes, but I had felt like they were pretty hard, easy-to-burn, or just didn't have the flavor. The key to this BLT is really the marinade. I worked a lot on the marinade and then texture. Rice paper works well because it crisps really nicely, and it is also very easy to work with.
For the marinade, it was a bit of trial and error, but the key is liquid smoke, a bit of maple syrup, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, some garlic + onion powder, and a few extras. But how do we make this into bacon?
Wet the paper, squish it together, lay on parchment, and slap on some marinade. Bake it on high heat and crisp it. Then eat a ton of it. GUILT FREE BACON YAYYYYYYYY!
To finish this sandwich up, I like it on a pretzel roll, vegan mayo, tomato slices, and rocket lettuce (arugula). Okay, yep that sounds perfect!
Let's get into it!
Rice Paper Bacon
- 10 sheets of rice paper (spring roll sheets)
- 2 tbl olive oil
- 2 tbl nutritional yeast
- 2 tbl liquid aminos
- 1/2 tbl garlic salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/3 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tbl maple syrup
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- pinch or two of black pepper
- 4 pretzel rolls (ciabatta is great too)
- 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
- 4 large handfuls of arugula
- 6 tbl (or so) of vegan mayo
Equipment You'll Need:
Cutting Board . Sharp Cutting Knife . Measuring Cups . Measuring Spoons . Medium Baking Sheet . Small Mixing Bowl . Small Bowl of Water . Parchment Paper . Bread Knife
Before You Cook:
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Place parchment paper on baking sheet