I'm a committed ovo-lacto vegetarian who sometimes eats as a vegan or raw vegan. Still, there are times when fantasies of devouring the treats of my youth overtake my healthful instincts and I spend time, probably way too much time, thinking of animal-friendly substitutes.
Lately, I've been thinking about an old fashioned diner favorite: the grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and bacon. Herewith, my vegetarian attempt:
1. Butter bread slices on both sides (Here, Earth Balance on homemade gluten-free bread).
2. Fill with slices of cheese (I grew up on American, but used cheddar here).
3. Add sliced tomato.
4. Add crisp bacon (here I used hickory-flavored vegan gluten-free soy jerky).
The bread and cheese parts were melted and crisped to perfection. The tomato could have been a thinner slice. The jerky has good flavor but absolutely no crunch.