The firm, meaty texture of the mushroom takes the place of the Bacon. Now anyone who has ever had
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the misfortune to taste what the vegan stand-in for bacon is, will give this substitution a standing O. I made these for a light supper. Andrew and I couldn’t get over how good they were. I used the “tomatoes on the vine” and they passed muster. But I couldn’t help think how glorious this will taste once we are in tomato season. I also opted for a really great loaf of seeded rye bread which I toasted and spread with the easy-to-make basil mayonnaise. A couple of romaine lettuce leaves, the tomato slice and the sautéed mushrooms, lots of salt and pepper and voila, a meatless meal in no time. I made this for the two of us. It could easily be doubled but beware, you will want to eat every one you can get your hands on.
Recipe for Oyster Mushroom “BLT’s” with Basil Mayonnaise from Chef Rich Landau of Philadelphia’s Vedge Restaurant
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound king oyster mushrooms, trimmed and very thinly sliced lengthwise
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons finely shredded basil, plus more for garnish
4 slices of country bread, lightly toasted
4 small romaine lettuce leaves, whole or shredded
1 large red tomato, thinly sliced
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until shimmering. Add half of the mushroom slices in a single layer and cook, turning once, until golden, about 6 minutes. Drain the mushrooms on paper towels and season them with salt and pepper. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mushrooms.
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the 2 tablespoons of shredded basil and season with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon of the basil mayonnaise on each slice of bread and top with lettuce. Arrange the sliced tomato on the lettuce, followed by the mushrooms. Sprinkle the sandwiches with salt and pepper and garnish with basil.
Serve the sandwiches open-face or close the sandwiches and serve.