I want to preface this blog post by assuring my loyal readers that we have in no way turned our backs on bacon. Delicious, delicious bacon.
With that said, this week Tim and I tried a new, healthier version of the BLT sandwich made using ingredients easier to find in Indonesia. Specifically, this sandwich substitutes tempeh for bacon. I am sure that statement will elicit many eyebrow raises, but this sandwich is actually pretty damn good (despite my weak photo). You can't really think of it as a BLT substitute, but a new and interesting sandwich in its own right (Heidi from 101 Cookbooks calls it a TLT sandwich, but I think it's more accurate to call it a LATT, don't you?).
The tempeh is marinated such that it has a slightly sweet, salty, smokey flavor, and is then pan fried so it's crisp on the outside. Layer it in the sandwich with creamy avocado, crunchy lettuce and flavor-concentrated roasted tomatoes... not bad, not bad at all. Good enough that I plan to make it again soon.
I followed the recipe for the most part, although I skipped the brown sugar when roasting the tomatoes, as I thought the tempeh had enough sweetness. Give it a try!