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If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life it would be the good ol’ sandwich! I realize that that is a cheat answer to that age old question of ‘if you had to choose just one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?’. Thankfully I make the rules here, and today my answer flies! And if I could choose just one sandwich? It just might be this Tempeh Reuben Sandwich!
Growing up we would often (and still do) make sandwiches for our family lunches. My mom would set the table with different breads, cheeses, meats, vegetables and dips and everyone would make their own sandwich. Every lunch time the scene would play out in a similar way…everyone at the table would be finishing up eating their lunch just as I was putting the finishing touches on my sandwich. I was made fun of for my in depth sandwich making process for years, but more recently the tables have turned and everyone now just asks me to make their sandwich now too (so what if lunch takes 4 times as long?). Not a millimeter of bread goes untouched when I’m in control!
Dan and I have a favourite restaurant in Guelph – the Cornerstone. It’s a vegetarian restaurant that serves hearty food; a Guelph staple. We went on our second date there and we go back every time we are in town. We always order the same thing: the tempeh reuben sandwich with cheddar cheese. Guys, it is our FAVE. Sadly, we don’t live in Guelph anymore and we have yet to find an acceptable substitute to this sandwich in Toronto. Last week we took matters into our own hands and set off to make our own tempeh reuben sandwich.
The first step to making a good sandwich is having great bread and great cheese. I went to Pusateri’s to grab all the supplies I needed for this sandwich because I knew they would have a great selection for these ingredients and everything else I needed. I managed to grab all the ingredients except for the tempeh which was tough to track down everywhere last week (was it national Tempeh week or something?!). Pusateri’s carries Blackbird Baking Co. bread (our favourite!) and Balderson cheese – also one of my faves when it comes to cheddar. Read below to see how to make this super simple and delicious vegetarian tempeh reuben sandwich.
Ingredients for 1 Tempeh Reuben Sandwich:
Dressing (for 2 sandwiches)
To make the dressing simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
Wondering how to cook tempeh? I was too. Over medium heat, fry the tempeh in olive oil (or the oil of your choice) until it is browned and crispy. This will only take about 2 minutes per side. I opted to use flavoured tempeh which comes pre-cut and seasoned. You can marinate your tempeh on your own in a dressing of your choice for 15 minutes before cooking. If you are using regular tempeh you will also need to cut it yourself but the cooking method is still the same. If your slices are thicker this may mean a bit more time on each side but the goal is that your tempeh will be browned and slightly crispy. Refer to your product packaging for more specific instructions for how to cook tempeh.
Slice the avocado, tomato, and pickles thinly and as the tempeh is nearing completion warm your bread. To make things even more delicious I like to warm the bread on the stove with olive oil just on the inside (it would be too greasy to hold if you did both sides!).
Now, I don’t think I need to tell you how to make a sandwich, but I’ll suggest the following as far as layers goes 😉
TA DA! Enjoy friends, this is one of my favourite sandwiches and for us vegetarians it is as close to a hamburger as I will ever know!
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