Sunday, February 3, 2008

I can't believe it's not a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Here's my vegan grilled cheese/patty melt sandwich. I use homemade seitan for the "meat" and Road's End Organics Cheddar Chreese sauce for the cheese - if you feel ambitious there are a ton of great vegan cheese sauce recipes out there, but I like Road's End quite a lot. This would be great with a tomato soup, and a little salad on the side. I made this today for lunch - my dogs love it too, so they spring to attention when it's done.
4 slices whole wheat bread
8-10 thin slices roast seitan
1 1.1 oz. package Road's End Organics Chreese sauce powder (it's cheap, as a bonus)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced in quarter inch rings
Vegan margarine
Canola oil for frying seitan and onions
1. In a non-stick fry pan, heat about a tablespoon of canola oil and saute onions and seitan slices for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions and seitan are lightly browned. Meanwhile, spread a light layer of vegan margarine on one side of each slice of bread.
2. In a separate saucepan, prepare the cheese sauce according to package directions (or use your own preferred vegan cheese sauce recipe.
3. When seitan and onions are done, remove from frying pan. Keep the pan on the burner and use to grill your sandwiches. Place two slices of bread, margarine side down, in the pan. On each face-up bread slice, spread half of the onion and seitan mixture. Top with a generous dollop of cheese sauce on each, and top with the other two slices of bread - margarine side up.
4. Grill sandwiches on medium heat, checking to make sure they don't burn, for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat when finished and serve immediately, preferrably with some good ketchup for dipping.

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