Smoky Tofu, Lettuce, And Tomato Sandwiches (vegan Blts)

Smoky Tofu is one of my favorite vegetarian recipes, and the vegetarian Smoky Tofu is now featured in my new cookbook! In my previous articles I’ve reviewed Smoky Tofu Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches, as well as the other three recipes in the book.

Now that summer is here, I decided to write these Smoky Tofu Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches review as a quick guide to those new to vegetarian cooking who may be considering making this type of dish at home this summer. I hope you find this Smoky Tofu Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches review useful as you plan your own summer menu!

Smoky Tofu is one of the most delicious foods I’ve had in a long time. It reminded me a lot of an Asian restaurant I used to go to when I was younger where all you had to order were the specials and there was plenty to go around.

I decided to make some of my own Smoky Tofu Chicken Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches last night after trying the original which turned out to be tasty but not the best I have ever had. The secret to the original is that there are tons of vegetables to add, but the key to making this dish taste as authentic as possible, is to steam it to perfection.

Smoky Tofu is a favorite in South America as well as the rest of the World. It’s rich, meaty flavors are reminiscent of bacon, but with a much stronger flavor. Because it uses soy milk instead of cow’s milk, it is free of all cholesterol and lactose.

It can be used to make a wide variety of different sandwiches like the classic smoky tomato sandwich, or you can try other versions like this smoky herb sandwich, or even a delicious vegetarian version. There are lots of recipes for Smoky Tofu which are easy to make and super healthy too!

Smoky Tofu, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwiches (Vegan BLTs)

Recipe by TiffanieCourse: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Tofu, quickly seared and seasoned, is the “meat” of this hearty, comforting sandwich. Of course, actual bacon can be subbed in for the meat-eaters in the house!


  • For the Smoky Seared Tofu:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 14-ounce block extra-firm tofu, cut in

  • 1/4-inch slices (no need to drain) Pinch kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup Tamari or low-sodium soy sauce* (for gluten-free choose a GF Tamari)

  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • For the sandwiches:
  • 8 slices of your favorite crusty artisan bread (toasted) (for gluten-free use your favorite GF sandwich bread)

  • Smoky Seared Tofu

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes (sliced)

  • 8 green leaf lettuce leaves (washed and dried) (butter lettuce is another fabulous choice)

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (vegans use a mayo alternative such as Vegenaise)

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Set a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the olive oil. When the olive oil is hot, add the tofu along with a pinch of salt. The tofu will hiss and jump around a bit, so watch out! Cook, flipping occasionally, until golden brown on both sides, 8-10 minutes. While the tofu cooks, mix the Tamari, pure maple syrup, and smoked paprika in a small bowl. When the tofu is done, reduce the heat to low and pour the Tamari mix over the top. Cook, flipping occasionally, until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 1 minute. Transfer the smoky seared tofu to a plate.
  • Toast the bread then smear each piece with mayonnaise, as little or as much as you like – 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons or so. Top four pieces of bread with tomatoes; sprinkle with a touch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the tofu, then pile with the lettuce. Top with remaining slices of bread. Cut in half and serve.

Reference : kitchentreaty.


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