Monday, April 29, 2013

Vegan Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Vegan Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese is the epitome of comfort food. Whether you are eating it when you are sick, happy, sad, or in between it is always there to make you and your stomach smile. This recipe joins two comfort foods with a twist. A ooey gooey sandwich topped with heart toppings, with a crunchy creamy savory bite...am I making you hungry yet? This grilled cheese will not let you down in the comfort department. Pair it with your favorite sides and beverage and enjoy!

Vegan Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich


Ingredients

Pimento Cheese
-1/3 cup vegan cream cheese, room temperature
-1 cup grated vegan Daiya Cheddar cheese
-1 cup grated vegan Daiya Jack cheese
-1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (I used homemade)
-1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
-1 teaspoon finely grated onion
-2 teaspoon ground or finely minced red bell pepper (heaping)
-3 tablespoons pimentos, small minced pieces
-1 teaspoon finely grated onion
-Cracked black or white pepper (optional), to taste

Assembly & Toppings
-1 to 2 Tablespoon oil or vegan butter (1 Tbsp for 1 sandwich and so on) 
-4 Slices thick slices Italian Bread
-2 to 4 thick slices fresh tomato 
-8 slices vegan bacon or bacon seitan

Directions

Pimento Cheese
Using an food processor, blend all ingredients (except pimentos) until smooth and fluffy. Once combined for 1 to 2 minutes, lightly pulse the pimentos in for 10 to 15 seconds. Add all of the remaining ingredients and beat until well blended.

Assembly
Prep your work station with your prepared pimento cheese, seitan slices (or bacon), and sliced tomato. 

Assembly Line
Pre-toast your Italian bread in the toaster until lightly browned. Arrange 2 slices on a clean work surface. Place 2 heaping tablespoons pimento cheese evenly on the slices of bread. 

One Side Toasted Bread w/ Vegan Pimento Cheese
In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the 4 seitan slices until golden brown, once cooked remove and place onto your sandwich (pimento side) and top with 1 to 2 slices of tomato. 

Fried Seitan Slices
Seitan & Pimento Cheese
Seitan, Tomato, & Pimento Cheese
Top the other slice with a light smear of pimento cheese to help stick the sandwich to the tomato and place the sandwich in a greased skillet over medium to medium-high heat (1 Tbsp oil/butter for each sandwich) and grill until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is starting to melt, about 3 minutes. Turn the sandwiches over and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Wipe the pan clean and repeat with each sandwich. 

Grilling the Sandwich
Once grilled, remove from heat and skillet and arrange on a plate with your favorite sandwich sides around the grilled cheese. Serve and enjoy! 

Finished Sandwich
-Amy