I adore summer evening rains. After a hot day of being outside in the sun & then the dark clouds roll in and the leaves on the trees start to blow downward. A few drops begin to fall and the pavement begins to smell like worn moccasins. (I know, weird, but I have always thought this was what moccasins would smell like). We would all rush off to our homes before the downpour started, just in time for dinner.I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say that summertime is the best for eating. Fresh summer produce in abundance that you just can’t get in the cooler months. Fresh corn on the cob. Juicy tomatoes. Cherries. Peaches. Dinner outdoors on the screened-in porch. Lightning bugs in the background. Summers of my childhood. And not to mention B.L.T.s A LOT! They were our easy go-to dinner that we all loved and super quick for my mom to prepare. And she was just talking about them the other day and it made me start craving one. Bad! But no bacon for me, and I steer away from fake meats. We do not get along. So portobello bacon experiments commenced! And now my bacon lovin’ bf is obsessed with these, too. Ready in 20 minutes. Few dishes. Perfect for you to laze around afterwards listening to the rain instead of washing a ton of dishes.
I love how the bite of the horseradish offsets the sweet & smoky flavor of the “bacon.” Side note: Horseradish is hard to find in California. I searched several supermarkets, before finally stumbling upon it at Trader Joe’s, whereas on the East Coast, I see a million different Kelchner’s products, and as I researched this, noted that it’s probably because they’re from PA!
Portobello maple bacon, lettuce & tomato (P.L.T.) + avocado horseradish white bean mash
2 large portobello caps, cleaned and stem removed
1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 Tbsp. vegan worcestershire sauce (I use the 365 Whole Foods brand)
2 tsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. chili powder
S & P to taste
1 small or medium avocado
1/2 c. cooked or canned white beans
3 tbsp. prepared horseradish (not horseradish cream)
2 tomatoes, sliced
4 pieces of lettuce
8 slices of bread, toasted*
*Get quality bread from a bakery or look for bread that has no added sugars, such as Ezekiel brand.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Slice the portobello caps into thin, long slices. Toss ingredients from liquid smoke to S &P together in a dish and coat portobellos. Sauté portobellos over medium heat for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, smash together flesh from avocado, white beans and horseradish in a bowl until well combined.
Spread 1/4 of the avocado spread onto 4 slices of toast. Top other slice with portobello bacon, lettuce and tomato. Recommended to serve with corn on the cob for the perfect summer evening meal.
*I have to add, if you are a vegetarian, but not vegan, might I suggest adding a fried egg to these guys for a little added texture. I love them both ways, and wanted to throw out that suggestion to ya!