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#1 Old 02-12-2004, 09:38 AM
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Cuban sandwiches were amongst my favorite foods when I was omni. Those of you who like Cuban food or who live in Tampa/South Florida areas would especially appreciate this! I had this idea for a veg version and it turned out better than I had hoped. My omni fiance could not believe how good these were and how they tasted so uncannily like the real thing.



Vegan Cuban Sandwich



1 loaf Cuban bread (soft french bread would also work)

1 package seiten

4 dill pickle slices chopped into smaller pieces

mozzarella (or swiss if there is such a thing) soy cheese

yellow mustard

vegenaise or soy mayo

vegetarian worstershire

ground cumin

garlic powder

salt & pepper

soy butter/marg



First cut about a 12 inch segment of the Cuban bread lengthwise. Spread a little soy butter on each open face. Then toast face down in a skillet until lightly browned.



Slice about 8 to 10, 2"-4" long thin slices of seiten. Season half of them with a few drops worstershire, and a light sprinkling salt, pepper, garlic powder and cumin. Put a few drops of oil in a skillet and brown the seiten on each side on medium heat. The purpose of this is to immulate the pork in a traditional Cuban sandwich. Set the remaining cold slices of seiten aside and do not season.



Spread some vegenaise and mustard on each half of the bread. Assemble the seiten on the bottom side, the cooked followed by the cold. Then top this with soy cheese and pickles and then the top of the bread.



Now you need a sandwich press if you have one. If so, press the sandwich until slightly flattened and toasty with the cheese melted.



If you don't have a press, use the skillet the bread was toasted in, place the sandwich on med-low heat and press down with a large spatula for about 60 seconds. Cover and let cheese melt, about 2 more minutes. Then flip over and repeat.



Remove and cut the sandwich in half and serve!



Now I am hungry!!!
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#2 Old 02-12-2004, 11:58 AM
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Wow, VK - thanks!



Just a question: what's the purpose of browning one slice of seitan, and leaving the other uncooked? Is it done to emulate two different kinds of meat?



Can't wait to try these sandwiches with homemade Swiss cheeze!
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Exactly. Cooking and seasoning 1/2 of it emmulates the pork (especially in texture) while leaving the other as is with no seasoning is like ham. This sandwich rocks! Do you live in FL?
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#4 Old 02-12-2004, 12:15 PM
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Hehe... nope, I don't live in FL, but that sandwich sure does sound worthy.



And oops, I have another question : What does Cuban bread look like? I have a bakery near my home, so I'm hoping I'll be able to get it there. Does it resemble French bread?
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Yes, it is usually in long loaves like French bread, however the crust is not as thick and firm. The bread is softer and slightly bigger around with a thinner, flakier crust. Here in FL, you can also find it in bags of mini-loaves similar to hoagie rolls. Fresh baked Cuban bread is every bit as heavenly as French or baguette! Mmmmmmmm....it's almost lunch time
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Awesome! There are very few tastes from my old animal-consuming life that I would like to recreate, and Cuban sandwiches is one of them. I wonder if any of the fake hams would work also?



Off to buy vegan Worcestershire sauce, or perhaps make my own...
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I abstained from using fake ham simply because they usually add smokey flavoring and other flavors that aren't characteristic to plain ham used in Cuban sandwiches. That's what's great about seitan. You can season it up anyway you want. In my recipe, the small bit of garlic and cumin seasonings on the cooked portions give it that hint of Spanish-Caribbean and really works well!
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#8 Old 02-16-2004, 08:36 AM
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Mmm... I made this today. Yum, fabulous! Thanks, VK - this is going to become a staple now!
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I've looked around several times for vegetarian wostershire sauce but I cant ever find any. Anyone know a good brand?
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Yep! I use "The Wizard's" by Edwards and Son's Trading Co.. I found it at either Whole Foods or Wild Oats a while ago. It's great. Tastes just like Lea & Perrins.
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I too have been searching for that perfect Veggie Cuban sandwich. and through much trial and error have come to this.



My own creation



Veggie (not vegan) Cuban Sandwich could be vegan fairly easily



2-4 8 inch sub roll(cut in half)

1 can black beens (drained)

4-8 pickles (sandwich sliced)

4 slices swiss or provolone cheese (I prefer provolone)

2-4 slices vegan Ham (smart deli)

3 tbsp honey BBQ sauce

3 tbsp ketchup

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp mustard

2 tsp salt (sea salt)

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder



boil blackbeans 5 minutes in just enough water to cover them

swirl occasionally

Drain Blackbeans add back to pot

add olive oil and saute 1 minute



Toast open sliced roll for 2 minutes



add to beans on low-to-med heat:

3 tbsp honey BBQ sauce

3 tbsp ketchup

2 tsp mustard

2 tsp salt (sea salt)

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder



mix often for 3-5 minutes; so it does not stick add sugar and salt to taste

very coarse pepper provides a excellent meat like flavor.



or use maple pepper found in Vermont (amaizing stuff) to sweeten and pepperize



apply bean mixture to one half of each sub roll

add veggie ham to other side and toast



1-2 minutes



place pickles on top of veggie ham and provolone on top of bean mixture



toast 1 minute or untill diliciosly amazing looking



combine halves and enjoy



with sweet plantains

for a silly good cuban meal with no meat
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This sandwich sounds great! I can't way to try it, but be careful when seeking out a suitable bread. Cuban bread is typically made with animal fat (lard).
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So yumm!

OMG! Made this Cuban tonight for dinner and wow... so delicious! Thank you!!!! I've only been vegan for 2 years now and lately a Cuban has been often on my mind and taste buds. Finding this recipe is a confirmation I can continue on this path! Again, many thanks for sharing!
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Hey there, I ate something similar to this from an entirely vegan Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles, and I honestly wondered if Daiya would work better than soy cheese, or if adding vegenaise on top of a vegan cheese is just overkill...because for the first few bites when I was really hungry the sandwich was satisfying. Until I noticed a weird strong oily aftertaste, that definitely had to do with the dairy replacements.
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Hey there, I ate something similar to this from an entirely vegan Cuban restaurant in Los Angeles, and I honestly wondered if Daiya would work better than soy cheese, or if adding vegenaise on top of a vegan cheese is just overkill...because for the first few bites when I was really hungry the sandwich was satisfying. Until I noticed a weird strong oily aftertaste, that definitely had to do with the dairy replacements.
Omg there is a small brewery restaurant near me that has delicious vegan Cuban sandwiches--and I live in Tampa, so I know a good Cunban sandwich!
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These sandwiches sound delish!!
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#17 Old 06-23-2016, 01:57 AM
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Sounds so delicious!! :-) I'll have to give this a try soon. I'm a HUGE sandwich fan!!
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#18 Old 06-27-2016, 11:03 AM
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Hmmm, a bit too much sugar for me.

Sounds delicious though =)

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#19 Old 08-30-2016, 05:37 PM
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Smile Wow!

I made this tonight and it was amazing. The only differences I did was I made my own honey butter and buttered both the inside and outside of the bun. I also put onions on mine along with the pickles. Was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.
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#20 Old 09-06-2016, 01:46 AM
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a bit too much sugar for me.
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#21 Old 09-13-2016, 12:52 PM
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That sounds sooooo good...

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