vegan BLAT sandwiches (with yuba bacon)

My new fave way to make vegan bacon has arrived. Have you heard of yuba skins? Sounds weird—tastes amazing as a plant based bacon. Use this crispy and chewy vegan bacon to make bacon-lettuce-avocado-tomato sandwiches aka BLATs!

vegan BLAT sandwiches

Yuba skins aren’t the most common thing to find at the grocery store in my experience, but if you can hunt them down somewhere they are magical. I found them at a particular Whole Foods (no where close to where I live!) You could also check asian grocers or other specialty / natural food markets. Or of course, when in doubt order online!

yuba bacon package

Yuba is the by-product of making soy milk. When soy milk is boiled a skin forms on the top. That’s yuba! My first introduction to it was at a restaurant (can’t remember where) and they used it to make a vegan fried chicken skin. It was pretty amazing. The same technique is done in this roast chicken recipe by one of my fave vegans, School Night Vegan. I haven’t tried this recipe from Richard, but it looks freaking ridiculous and real AF. So I vow to come up with more fun ways to use yuba and try his recipe, but first let’s make yuba bacon. It’s the best!

Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich
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yuba bacon

the texture of yuba is perfect for making a crispy and chewy bacony bacon!

Course Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword bacon, fakin’ bacon, sandwiches, soy, vegan bacon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 to 6
Author Lauren Toyota

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (5oz / 142g) yuba skins
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or neutral vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.

  2. In a shallow dish whisk together soy sauce or tamari, oil, maple syrup, liquid smoke, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and garlic powder until well combined.

  3. Remove the yuba from the package and unfold and separate the sheets. They should be thin. It's ok if two layer stick together in some cases. Tear the yuba skins into strips or pieces relatively similar in size. Place them in the marinade.

  4. Use your hands to coat all the yuba in the marinade. You can let it sit for 10 minutes or so. All the marinade will be absorbed.

  5. Arrange the pieces slightly spaced apart between the 2 baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, checking half way through and flipping the pieces. If any smaller pieces are starting to look darker in color or are getting to crispy you can remove those pieces earlier.

  6. Remove the pieces from the baking sheets immediately onto a tray or into a container for storage. You don't want to bake the bacon until it's super crispy. You'll notice it's darker in color and has slightly crisp edges. It will dry a little more as it cools in some spots.

My favorite way to eat the yuba bacon is layered in delicious vegan BLAT sandwiches with a quick garlic mayo spread. But I also can’t wait to see how y’all us it for your recipes and meal creations. Might I suggest eating it with a plate of tofu scramble and crispy potatoes!

How do you make a blat?
5 from 4 votes
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vegan BLAT sandwiches

It's the simple things that are always the most scrumptious and this version of a bacon-lettuce-avocado-tomato sandwich will make it to the top of your faves list!

Course Lunch, Main Course, sandwiches
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, sandwiches, vegan bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Lauren Toyota

Ingredients

garlic mayo spread (makes about 1 cup)

  • 1 C vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 to 3 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 1½ tbsp lemon juice
  • sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste

sandwiches

  • 8 slices sprouted grain bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 C garlic mayo spread
  • 2 to 3 large leaf lettuce or romaine leaves, broken into pieces
  • 2 vine tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 batch yuba bacon (recipe above)

Instructions

  1. To make the garlic mayo spread, add mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, and ground black pepper to a jar or a bowl and stir together until well combined. This can be made ahead of time and will last quite a few days in the fridge.

  2. Add garlic mayo spread to one side of all slices of bread. Layer lettuce, tomato, avocado, sea salt and ground black pepper, and layers of yuba bacon on 4 of the slices and then top each sandwich with the other slice of bread and slice in half.

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8 thoughts on “vegan BLAT sandwiches (with yuba bacon)”

  1. Miyoko Shinner deserves some love here. I believe she is the original vegan guru to promote yuba as bacon, as well as “skin” on Unturkey and Unchicken. Those recipes are in her “Homemade Vegan Pantry.” My copy is stained and splattered.

  2. Reach out to her! She’s my hero… and you are on your way! You have so much in common….a link between the Original Vegan Gangsta and the current (you). Many of her vegan meat recipes are in the cookbook I mentioned previously.

    I’ve never met Miyoko, lest you think I’m her agent, though I sure would like to. She has inspired my cooking.
    I gave up making cultured vegan butter because hers is so good and now so affordable.

  3. Your yuba bacon looks amazing. And the sandwich! Lately I’ve been loving making tempeh bacon, but yuba is a wonderful product. Perfect for bacon. I agree with Bev, for Miyoko’s Unturkey with yuba skin is amazing. Looking forward to your new cookbook. Thank you.

  4. Just had to say thank you. This recipe rocks. I’ve loved a lot of your recipes in the past and never took the time to say thanks. Out of respect, I tried to follow the recipe as you’ve provided it (I made one small alteration by cooking 4 slices in a pan with a little scent-free oil. Worked perfectly. The most impressive thing is that the texture is so much like a good bacon with low fat content: nice chew, crispy in spots. Spot on.

    One other thing I tried was to place the sliced yuba in a sealable bag with the marinade, rather than a bowl, and let it marinade over night. I divided the strips into 4 bags. To one I’m adding smoke from a smoking gun, for a second one I’m cold-smoking the strips. To the third, I’ve added a some MSG and to the fourth I’ve added some aged balsamic cut with a little apple cider vinegar.

    Thanks again and much love.

    AC

    1. I could that the smoking adds a dimension but isn’t really needed if your seasoning / marinade is working. It adds time, too. Leaving the strips to marinate 12-24 hrs does help though to amp up the flavour. I think I’ve eaten 18 BLATs in the last 2 weeks.

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