This vegan TLT sandwich, reminiscent of a BLT, is hearty, flavorful and so much better, using marinated tofu instead of bacon. I had the pleasure of having this for lunch today and it was absolutely delicious in every way!
If you’ve followed my blog long enough, you will know I love adding a little spice to my foods whenever I can. This was a perfect place for it and is my new favorite addition to the collection of vegan sandwiches on the blog.
Smoky Chipotle Maple TLT Sandwich
I’ve had my eye on this recipe from I Love Vegan for a while and finally got around to putting it together. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
My only additions were adding a little bit of ground chipotle pepper and using a bit more of each ingredient than what is called for in the original recipe. I love the caramelized onions, and the tomato will lend some nice juices into the mix.
The avocado mash as the condiment was so good! I tend to use avocado or a light flavored thin hummus as a sandwich spread all the time now. They both are wonderful! A hummus spread would be great here too. If you use the avocado, I ensure you that you will not miss the old standard spreads.
This was a great find and a keeper! Plus, it will leave your home smelling delicious. :)
Start by spreading your mustard and mashed avocado…
Add your leafy greens and tofu slices…
Top with grilled onions…
Lastly, add tomato, I used a large deep red heirloom tomato I had on hand. Place remaining slice of bread on top and slice in half.
Pairs great with fresh sliced apples!
More Vegan Tofu Sandwich Inspiration
SMOKY CHIPOTLE MAPLE TLT SANDWICH
This TLT sandwich is a delicious vegan version of a BLT, you won’t miss a thing with this spicy, smoky flavored sandwich!
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: Makes 3 Sandwiches
- Category: Sandwich, Entree
- Cuisine: Vegan
- 1 block (15 oz) organic firm or extra firm tofu
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons sesame or olive oil, divided
- 1 medium to large tomato, sliced thin
- Dijon or stone ground mustard, to spread
- 1 1/2 avocados, mashed, to spread
- a few leaves of your favorite sandwich greens, red or green leaf, romaine, iceberg, etc…
- salt to taste
- 6 slices bread of choice
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon tamari, bragg’s liquid amino’s, coconut amino’s or soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
- generous dash of garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
- dash chipotle powder, to taste
Cut Tofu: Remove tofu from the package. Turn tofu on its side and slice in thirds, creating 3 large slabs. Gently press each slab between a clean dish towel or paper towels to remove some of the excess water. Cut the slabs in half. You should have six pieces that look like large domino (rectangular) shapes.
Marinade Tofu: In a medium sized shallow dish, mix together the marinade. Place tofu in the dish and let soak for about 1 hour turning carefully once or twice in between.
Caramelize Onions: Once the hour is almost up, caramelize your onions using 1 tablespoon oil. Heat oil over medium heat, add onions, turn down heat to medium low, stir often and cook until they start to brown and caramelize. May take 10 to 15 minutes or so. Once done, set aside.
Cook Tofu: In same skillet, heat remaining oil and cook tofu over medium high heat. Once tofu has browned, about 5 minutes, gently flip and brown the other side. It’s ok if it gets a little crispy too! If you feel it is drying out too much, add some of the juices from the bowl it marinated in for extra moisture. When done, remove from heat.
Build Sandwich: Toast your bread. Spread one side of toast with mustard and the other with a layer of mashed avocado, about 1/2 avocado. Over the avocado, layer your lettuce, tofu, onions and tomato. Top with your other slice of bread.