Eggplant BLT: Vegan Sunday Brunch, Episode 44

Greetings!  We are here to bring you a slightly belated brunch post, but a brunch post nonetheless!  This week’s idea was based around the fact that Sunday marked the first day after the end of our super-healthy lifestyle trial, and as such, we could eat whatever we wanted.  I was most excited about the opportunity to sauté and brown things, so we came up with the idea to make some baked eggplant bacon.

We wanted to use our bacon on a nice, simple sandwich, and decided on the classic BLT, something we’ve never blogged before (for shame).  Our vegan BLT consisted of eggplant bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato (so I guess it was a BLAT), with some mustard and vegennaise spread on the toasted bread.  On the side we served a quick coleslaw and a super-simple tofu scramble with some melted Daiya.  All in all it was a pretty amazing brunch containing lots of the delicious treats that we gave up for the last thirty days.

Since we both had access to different ingredients (and Allysia doesn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff a month before coming home), we each made the eggplant bacon recipe a little differently, and the changes are noted below.  

Eggplant Bacon

1 large eggplant

1 dried chipotle, soaked in water for an hour
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (or omit and use smoked paprika instead)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 clove garlic, crushed
Pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Cut the ends off of an eggplant and slice lengthwise into quarter-inch slices (using a mandolin or a sharp knife).
2. Mix all remaining ingredients into the bottom of a long, flat dish and toss the eggplant in it. Let it sit for one hour, rotating the eggplant strips once. 
3. After the marinating time has elapsed, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the eggplant slices on it. Reserve the marinade liquid.
4. Bake the eggplant bacon for 30-40 minutes. At the 15 and 30 minute marks, baste the pieces with some of the remaing liquid.  After the final basting, keep an eye on the bacon, as it will go from nice and golden to charred black very quickly. Leave it in as long as you dare to help it become crisp, but do not overcook it.

Note from Allysia: The majority of eggplant slices turned out chewy, not crisp (with the exception of a few burnt pieces), so it might not be a good standalone bacon (our tofu bacon is better suited to that purpose).  However, the flavor is great and it went really well inside a sandwich.

Yeah, so I used kale instead of lettuce.  Kale is nice on a sandwich!  Also I recommend you guys pray to the phone gods for Michael, since he has lost the ability to upload pictures –  but I saw his meal via Skype and it looked awesome as always, you’ll just have to take my word for it this time.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11490816021651698189 Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I can't believe you are home in a month!!! Time flies! Christopher loooooooooves eggplant, so I'll have to how him this recipe.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06631140173063582288 xvavaveganx

    Wow, I can't believe how quickly the time has flown Allysia! I hope the experience has been amazing for you 🙂 What a great looking meal! Definitely a classic sandwich and I love the use of kale instead of lettuce 🙂 Very nice use of greens, ha! The cole slaw looks really delicious too!

  • http://bittersweetblog.com/ bittersweetblog.com

    Ah, that looks so good! I would have to convert it to a zucchini BLT due to my stupid eggplant intolerance, but I don't see what that wouldn't be just as delicious. It's such a great idea! And I happen to love the addition of kale here. Much heartier and more flavorful than the standard lettuce.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16582705925677287939 mike.

    It was incredibly delicious! I am not a big fan of eggplant, but I love zucchini. I will definitely have to try that sometime.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16582705925677287939 mike.

    Kale is definitely always an awesome lettuce replacement. I think I've pretty much started to use kale in just about every single meal I make.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16582705925677287939 mike.

    It is definitely worth trying out. I burnt 90% of my pieces to the point of shear garbage, and it was still worth it!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17066424084187434409 Joey

    I think the addition of the avocado was what really made this sandwich! I'm going to have to nick this idea and make it at home!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03361314949001991348 Maggie Muggins

    I've yet to try eggplant bacon but I tried mushroom bacon for the first time this weekend and it was pretty good! I'm with Joey, the avocado makes the sandwich look extra tasty.