Smart BLT Love (& a Veganmofo Bonus: "Bacon" Franken-pancakes!)

November 20th, 2010 5:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

Even though I wrote this post several weeks ago, I’m eating yet another Smart BLT right this very moment. Crazy addictive, I’m telling you!

After reviewing The Owl House at veganmofo’s opening – or, more to the point, kvetching about the chef’s choice of vegan meats with which to fill out the vegan BLT – I found myself craving a BLT made with Lightlife’s Smart Bacon. In my 14+ years as a vegetarian/vegan, I’d never made a BLT sandwich. Crazy, right? Bacon – whether vegan or not – has always struck me as more of a breakfast food, certainly not the main filling in a lunch- or dinner-time sandwich. Too thin and wimpy!

(Cue: that annoying “Where’s the beef?” lady from the ’80s. Speaking of, I wonder whether my parents still have that “Where’s the beef?” dinnerware set I remember them trying to unload at a family garage sale waaaay back in the day? Note to self: must ask mom about it the next time you phone home.
/ inexplicable digression)

Or that was my convoluted thinking, anyhow. Well, no more. Enter: the Smart BLT!

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My precious.

We’re looking at:

  • Six to eight slices of Lightlife Smart Bacon (I usually bake ’em in a toaster oven, but they’re even better fried);
  • A variety of lettuce and shredded veggies (from a bag of pre-made salad);
  • My Super Secret Special Sauce (Kidding! It’s mustard mixed with Nayonaise);
  • And – here’s the kicker – a sprinkling of sundried tomatoes (I was all out of fresh tomatoes, and happily so; the sundried tomatoes are much more flavorful, and don’t spray sog-inducing juice onto the bread when you bite into them!)
  • All on an everything Ciabata roll. Can I get a nomnom?

    I am seriously hooked on this sammie, y’all. It’s yummy, it’s filling, it never disappoints. Piggy love, all around.

    While we’re on the topic of Smart Bacon, here’s a related dish. A few weekends back, the Mr. made pancakes for dinner. Usually we have Smart Bacon or Smart Links on the side (does this post read like a thinly veiled Lightlife ad, or what?) but this time around, he decided to bake the Smart Bacon into half of the pancakes:

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    A stack of mixed berry pancakes and a stack of Smart Bacon pancakes walk into a bar
    – stop me if you’ve heard this one before –

    (Hint: it’s the stack on the left!)

    Cue: visions of Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick.

    The Daily Show, Thursday October 19, 2006
    Intro – Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick
    Finally, the classic taste of a chocolate chip pancake wrapped around
    a sausage with the convenience of a stick.


    I wasn’t in the mood to try a new food – I am insufferably fussy like that – but Shane swears that it’s delish. Maybe next time around.

    Or perhaps, for my next act, I shall veganize America’s chocolate chip pancakes, wrapped around a sausage on a stick? Just thinking about it makes my throat constrict. Oh, the things I do for veganmofo!

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  • 2 Responses to “Smart BLT Love (& a Veganmofo Bonus: "Bacon" Franken-pancakes!)”

    1. Rachael Says:

      Thanks for the post! Smart BLTs are one of my favorites as well. :)

      Have you ever tried Lightlife’s fakin’ bacon?
      -Rachael, Lightlife Team Member

    2. Kelly G.’s Pancakes and Sausage ON A STICK! » V for Vegan: Says:

      […] remember that I promised to veganize this, um, “foodstuff” last mofo, after the husband baked Lightlife Smart Bacon into a batch of blueberry pancakes. He found it an excellent idea, but I couldn’t get past […]

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