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
vegenaise or soy mayo
salt & pepper
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!!!