Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tofurky Pesto Sandwiches

In the spring, I made a fancy Tofurky sandwich with homemade pesto and a caramelized onion filling (check out the post here).  The sandwich was to die for, but admittedly a little complicated.  Here's a version that comes together in literally 5 minutes, thanks to bottled pesto. 

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon bottled pesto*
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (2-ounce) French bread rolls
  • 2 cups trimmed arugula
  • 8 oven-roasted Tofurky deli slices
  • 8 (1/4-inch thick) slices tomato
  • 4 slices vegan mozzarella (such as Galaxy Foods)
1. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pesto, lemon juice, oregano, and black pepper.

2. Cut the bread rolls in half horizontally, and spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly over the cut sides of the rolls.  Divide the arugula, Tofurky slices, tomato slices, and mozzarella slices evenly among the bottom halves of the rolls.  Place on a baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cover with the top halves of the rolls. 

Just add a fresh fruit salad to round out this dinner for a busy night.

*It used to be hard to find commercially bottled vegan pesto (i.e. without cheese) until Meditalia hit the shelves - this line makes pesto and tapenade that taste great, and proceeds go towards supporting peace efforts in Israel and Palestine.  If your local grocer doesn't carry the brand, does.

Nutrition Info:
4 servings (1 sandwich), Calories 358 

Tasting Notes:
The pesto spread was amazing - creamy, with wonderful hints of lemon.  I would happily make it again and again for more than just this sandwich.  The rest of the sandwich also gets high marks - simple, and yet a great combination of the savory Tofurky slices, peppery arugula, fresh tomato, and crusty French bread - in sum, nearly a perfect bite every time.  I would increase the amount of turkey, and use larger rolls (or perhaps a full baguette, cut into slices).  The 2 ounce rolls nearly weren't big enough for all that filling.


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