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!
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.
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 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 sandwich.
Ingredients for 1 sandwich:
- 2 slices of sourdough bread
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 slices of smoked tempeh
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 tomato
- 1 large pickle
- 1/2 cup of sourkraut
Dressing (for 2 sandwiches)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp siracha
- salt & pepper
To make the dressing simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
Over low heat fry the tempeh until it is browned on each side and crispy. I opted to use flavoured tempeh which comes pre-cut and seasoned. If you are using regular tempeh you will need to cut it yourself but cook in the same manner until it is browned and slightly crispy. Refer to your specific tempeh packaging for cooking instructions.
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!