TLT Sandwich Recipe

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A Vegan take on the BLT; "This recipe is totally vegan and DELICIOUS! I ate the leftovers today just over lettuce as a salad and it was perfection." Submitted by J. Lambeth of Savannah, Georgia. Originally posted from

Recommended: Lightlife organic flax tempeh or the grain version. A bit of crumbled goat cheese might be good too.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup shoyu sauce (or soy sauce)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup)
3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers

8 ounces of tempeh, cut into 1/3-inch thick strips

1 small basket of cherry tomatoes (2 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or maple syrup)
scant 1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 small head of romaine lettuce, cored, then cut into 1/4-inch ribbons
1-2 large avocados, mashed with a pinch of salt just before assembling
4 or 8 extra-thin slices of hearty whole grain bread, well toasted

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Whisk together the 3 tablespoons of olive oil, shoyu, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and adobo sauce. Pour 1/3 of the tempeh marinade into an 8x8 baking dish (or something comparable) - you want a dish that is just big enough to hold the tempeh in a single layer - this way it will be fully enveloped by the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade over the top of the tempeh, cover and keep in the refrigerator for a couple hours, overnight or until ready to use.

While the tempeh is marinating, go ahead and roast the tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half and arrange them in a large oven-proof baking dish. Mix together the olive oil, sugar, and salt and pour this over the tomatoes. Gently toss them a bit, making sure they all get coated, finishing with each tomato facing cut-side up. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or so, until the tomatoes are shrunken and sweet.

When the tempeh is done marinating heat a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the tempeh slices for a few minutes on each side. You may need to do this in batches if you don't have a big enough pan. Set the tempeh slices aside until you are ready to assemble the sandwiches.

To assemble each sandwich take one slice of bread and slather a generous layer of mashed avocado. Place a small helping of the shredded lettuce on top of the avocado, a few tomatoes, then a few slices of the tempeh, and more tomatoes. Enjoy either open faced or topped with another avocado-slathered bread slice.

Makes four sandwiches.

3 Responses to "TLT Sandwich Recipe"

Bridget said :
October 8, 2008 at 8:08 PM
did you know that shoyu means soy sauce in japanese? thus i am assuming that it is the same thing...I hope you aren't paying more for a fancy label...
Anonymous said :
October 9, 2008 at 3:51 AM
NO! I didn't know what shoyu meant (is it a unique variety of soy sauce??). I was just going to use soy sauce, but I kept the recipe the exact same as what the contributor sent me. Thanks for the translation Japanese wise one :)
Caitlin said :
October 10, 2008 at 3:29 PM
Um, sounds GREAT. I'm always looking for awesome vegan recipes. And I promise I'll start contributing as soon as I start cooking some!

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