Sweet & Smoky recipe, vegan BLT, Sriracha Vegenaise, bacon alternative, vegan bacon sandwich,

1. Gather the ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 brown bread slices
  • a couple of romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 ripe tomato

Eggplant bacon sauce:

  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup (or honey)
  • 2 tsp of liquid smoke

Sriracha Vegenaise:

  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of Sriracha sauce
  • a pinch of marine salt

Sweet & Smoky recipe, vegan BLT, Sriracha Vegenaise, bacon alternative, vegan bacon sandwich,

2. Make the eggplant bacon sauce

In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup and liquid smoke. Slice and marinate the eggplants in the mix for about 20 minutes or until they have soaked up the juices.

Sweet & Smoky recipe, vegan BLT, Sriracha Vegenaise, bacon alternative, vegan bacon sandwich,

3. Cook the eggplants

Grill or cook the soaked eggplants on a large skillet for about 3-5 minutes until marinade cooks off. Work in batches and cook on both sides.

Sweet & Smoky recipe, vegan BLT, Sriracha Vegenaise, bacon alternative, vegan bacon sandwich,

4. Prep the veggies

Wash, dry and slice the tomato, and cut lettuce leaves to the length of the bread.

Sweet & Smoky recipe, vegan BLT, Sriracha Vegenaise, bacon alternative, vegan bacon sandwich,

5. Make the Sriracha Vegenaise

Soak the cashews for 4-8 hours, drain and rinse. Process until a thick paste forms, add lemon juice, Sriracha, salt and some water or oil if you need to, until you get the right creamy texture.

Sweet & Smoky recipe, vegan BLT, Sriracha Vegenaise, bacon alternative, vegan bacon sandwich,

6. Assemble the sandwich

Toast the bread and add a spoonful of mayo on each slice. Add the eggplant, followed by lettuce and then tomato slices, slice in half and enjoy your deliciously smoky sweet vegan BLT!

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