Tuesday, September 18, 2007

fried green tomato sandwich

Pre-vegan days, I loved a good ol' BLT. One of my favorite BLTs was from The Flying Biscuit called the Fried Green Tomato BLT Sandwich that had turkey bacon, fried green tomatoes, lettuce, cashew-jalapeno relish & goat cheese. We do still go do The Flying Biscuit with out of town guests since they do have some vegan options but I have now been forced, happily, to make my own fried green tomato BLT at home.
To make my version I heated up three slices of fakin' bacon. Once the fakin bacon was very crisp, I thinly sliced green tomatoes and coated them in flour, corn meal and a seasoning blend I made from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan! (Veganica.com's Cajun Spice, pg 303). I shallow fried the tomatoes in canola oil. I also sliced up avocado and red onion and opted to skip the lettuce. Flying Biscuit's version has a jalapeno cashew relish that contains honey, ground cashews, cilantro and jalapeno. So, I made my own sweet spread that had Tofutti cream cheese, whipped Earth Balance and agave nectar (whipped together with my hand mixer). While my spread wasn't the same as their relish, it did give me a sweet contrast to the rest of the sandwich and a creamy texture that goat cheese or mayo would have given. The bread was just a toasted everything bagel from the farmers market. This was pretty awesome and filled me up after playing tennis (if you could call it playing) with Jared this morning.
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Kelly Mahoney said...

That looks great. I'm also a fan of the BLT, but I've gone on over to turkey bacon; there's really no taste difference. I'm trying to eat better and I very much admire your meal choices because of the health aspect.

shaun.marie said...

mmm, everything bagels are my favorite. this looks great! a friend of mine works in a vegan cafe that makes a very popular blt with coconut-based bacon... one of these days i'll buy enough coconut to make it and have a killer blt!

Emmie said...

wow, that looks so good. I used to love BLTs but now I can't find any decent tasting vegan bacon. Sandwiches are still great though, especially with moch tuna salad or tofu salad. Mm!

Vegan_Noodle said...

So freaking yummy. That is a sandwich I could gobble up faster than you can say "fried green tomato sandwich"! Where'd it go? :-)

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Monika K said...

I was seriously just looking for something to do with my surplus of green tomatoes - thanks for the idea!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

monika- i know this may sound weird but i also fried a few more green tomatoes like i did for the sandwich but just plated them and drizzled agave nectar over them. there was something about the sour green tomato, cornmeal coating and agave that was amazing.

urban vegan said...

Oh. My. God.

natalilly said...

what a great idea....a fried green tomato BLT! I've never tried one, but now I'm going to have to make one. I love FGTs (with a plop of vegan "remoulade" sauce on top).

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Leigh said...

Your cream cheese spread sounds amazing! I must try it.

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