Winter BLT With Smoked Tempeh at Brooklyn's Flatbush Farm

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A bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich is one of the fleeting joys of summer eating, but Flatbush Farm in Park Slope/Prospect Heights has built a better BLT, one that can be eaten year-round and by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

The slices of tempeh seem to have been fried, crisp and steaming hot against the cool vegetables and mayo. Indonesian by birth, tempeh is made with aged, fermented soybeans pressed into a cake. When it's good, it's really, really good--chewy and crumbly with a richly nutty, tangy flavor.

In this sandwich ($10), it adds heft, texture, and smokiness. The "L" and the "T" are represented by sliced romaine lettuce and a roasted cherry tomato compote that provides a sweet, concentrated tomato flavor when fresh tomatoes are not in season. Add toasted white bread, a ton of mayo, and excellent, skin-on fries, and you've got yourself a fantastic vegetarian lunch.

The sandwich is also available with bacon, but the tempeh is actually tastier and more interesting.

76 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn 718-622-3276

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