Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Reubenesque

I titled this post "Reubenesque," because Allison's recipe for Grilled Tempeh Reuben Sandwiches makes one voluptuously sexy sandwich. When I saw the mouth-watering photos on her blog post, they just bowled me over. Now, I've never been a big fan of the Reuben sandwich, as corned beef was never high on my list of favorite foods, nor was the idea of eating any meat with Swiss cheese. And the tempeh versions of this classic sandwich that I'd tasted in the past had all been rather uninspired. But I'm a sucker for grilled onions and Thousand Island Dressing, and I was definitely in the mood for something completely different, so I thought I'd give Allison's recipe a shot.

I have to agree with Allison. This is far and away, one of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten! The secret I think, is in browning the tempeh with the spices and grilled onions and also substituting mashed avocado for the Swiss cheese. And it didn't hurt that my Thousand Island dressing turned out to be the best I've ever tasted. I used my own homemade vegan mayo instead of Vegenaise, and sweet pickle relish in place of the dill pickles. But any way you make this, it's going to have to be great. Try it, and see if you don't agree that it's one helluva tasty sandwich!

11 comments:

Christie said...

I don't enjoy sandwiches all too often, but that really does look and sound delicious!

vegstar said...

I never ate reuben sandwiches when I was a meat-eater, but this looks really good! And oh, I love grilled onions and Thousand Island dressing, too, so this is right up my alley!

Marie said...

OOOOOOOOh, yummy! I knew Allison was an amazing baker. I had no idea she was also such a talented cook!

avegangirl said...

Thank you for this tasty post. I've actually been thinking about making a reuben lately, and this looks really yummy. Sometimes, it's like you're reading my mind!

Millie said...

very delicioso looking...wow!

Anonymous said...

Since I dont like seitan but I do like tempeh, this is the only way I would ever want to eat a reuben. Very clever! Looks damn good!

VeganMarr said...

That was me above...the box wouldnt come up to put my name in!!

Allison Rivers Samson said...

Thanks, Gail! I'm so happy that you enjoyed my Reuben!!
Your readers might like to know that I have lots of other published recipes from my VegNews column, "Veganize It!" here: http://www.allisonsgourmet.com/recipes-and-writings
Enjoy!! =)

Tanya said...

Oh that looks so good. Better go get out my tempeh....

Ijeoma said...

I have a bunch of tempeh sitting in my fridge with no idea of what to do with it. This sandwich sound delicious - I will definitely have to give it a try!

The Vegan said...

I never really ate Reubens in the past but as usual when I look at your creations my mouth is watering.
It looks so delicious. The bread, the Thousand Island and especially the mashed avocado. I wish I could eat one of these!!!