Fried Green Tomato Po’ Boys

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3 small green tomatoes, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
3 Tbsp. olive oil
4 strips Lightlife Smart Bacon (or your favorite brand of faux bacon)
2 6-inch sub rolls
2 Tbsp. egg-free mayonnaise (try Nayonaise brand)
2 romaine lettuce leaves
Tabasco sauce, to taste

• Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Combine the bread crumbs and Old Bay seasoning in a shallow bowl. Add the tomato slices and toss gently to coat evenly. Set aside.
• Heat 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the “bacon” and cook on both sides until heated through. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
• Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook the tomato slices until golden brown on both sides-about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to paper towels to drain.
• Cut the rolls horizontally and spread the cut sides with the egg-free mayonnaise. Line the bottom half of each roll with a lettuce leaf. Top each with 2 strips of “bacon.” Arrange the tomatoes on top, sprinkle with Tabasco, and replace the top half of the roll. Serve with the bottle of Tabasco on the table.

Note: Po’ boys are traditionally made with shrimp. Faux shrimp can easily be added to this recipe in place of or in addition to “bacon.” To order some scrumptious faux shrimp, visit MayWah.

Makes 2 servings

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