I know the name of this sandwich might confuse some of you, since this is supposed to be a vegan site. Don’t worry, it’s a raw vegan sandwich. And others will object to naming the sandwich something so far from what it actually is. But I think, in some ways, it may resemble a steak and cheese sandwich a bit– not that I’ve had one in the last 20 years (if ever), but this is how I imagine them anyway. This one, of course, is much healthier than the so-called real thing.
Raw vegan “steak and cheese” sandwich
dehydrated brown bread (recipe here) or any other raw bread you like
cultured almond cheese (recipe below)
marinated shallots or red onions (marinate half an onion in olive oil, tamari and a little lemon juice, overnight)
marinated portobello (marinate in olive oil, tamari and lemon juice, overnight– start with mushroom cap upright/ gills down, then flip halfway through)
Instructions: Place a lettuce leaf on your bread, to prevent sogginess. Spread some almond cheese on the lettuce leaf. Top that with a spoonful of marinated onions, then with a mushroom, then another lettuce leaf. Top with another piece of bread and voila, you have a delicious sandwich.
Raw almond herb cheese
1 cup blanched almonds, soaked overnight
1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (emptied out of 1 capsule), dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
3 Tbsp fresh parsley
2 Tbsp fresh chives
1 Tbsp spring onions/ scallions
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp Himalayan salt
Instructions: Drain almonds and process in food processor or blender until ground. Add probiotic powder and water and process until smooth. Put into a glass or ceramic bowl and let sit in a warm place (even in the dehydrator) for about 12 hours to culture. It will actually get a little bigger.
After the cheese has cultured, chop all the fresh herbs and stir them into the cheese with the dry herbs and salt. Once mixed, scoop cheese into a round mold (if you want it to be round and pretty) and set in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Raw tropical cookies
These are actually Ani Phyo’s raw donut holes, but I pressed them flat to make biscuits/ cookies, instead of having round donut holes. I found the recipe online– so it’s not me breaking copyright rules. Here it is. Sorry for the awful photo. Any suggestions for what new camera I should buy? It needs to be small, with point and shoot option, and good resolution/zoom.