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Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich | Vegan Sandwich

April 29, 2017

I get food crushes all the time; I am a bit of a tart that way. However, I think this Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich might be the real thing. Pan fried spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles combine in each wonderfully messy and textured bite.

Sautéed spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Twisted Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

Spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

Eating a plant-based diet is a challenge for me. I didn’t turn the corner and all of a sudden start hating the taste of chicken and bacon or loathing goat’s cheese. I love animals and don’t want them on my plate but guiltily admit, they are a bit delicious. This path would be a lot easier if the smell of bacon didn’t still make me salivate just a little. I wonder if after all this time my reaction is a primal one or simply sense memory rushing to the fore after a mini lifetime of eating meat.

Given this, my dirty little secret, it is no wonder many of my recipes on this blog are veganised versions of foods I once enjoyed or simply variations on classics.  My One Pot Tomato Olive and Lemon Spaghetti is a twist on Puttanesca without the anchovies while there are no prizes for guessing the root of my Sneaky BBQ Mushroom Steamed Buns.

This Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich is another twist on a classic.

With a thirty-minute quick and dirty sauerkraut, meaty mushrooms and dill pickles finished in a spicy Russian dressing, this is a vegan version even the carnivores will love.

Spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

Spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

While I would no sooner eat a pile of corned-beef these days than I would eat my dog, this Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich is a “meaty” dish I can get behind. Earthy spiced mushrooms invoke just enough meat essence to fool my tastebuds while the vibrant red sauerkraut and spicy dressing add texture and balance.

While my challenge continues each day, it becomes easier with a little invention and inspiration from the classics.

Enjoy.

*Elizabeth Weil offers a wonderful and funny account of the Reuben Sandwich’s contentious history and her family’s part in it, here; it is well worth a read.

Spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

 

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Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich
Prep Duration
15 mins
Duration
10 mins
Quick Sauerkraut
30 mins
Total Recipe Duration
25 mins
 

Sautéed spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Twisted Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

Course: Brunch/Snack/Main
Cuisine: American
Recipe Keyword: Vegan Reuben Sandwich, Vegan Sandwich
Servings: 3
Calories: 596 kcal
Author: Logan
Recipe Ingredients
Russian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup 125ml vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 heaped 20ml tablespoon chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon 20ml dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Quick and Dirty Sauerkraut
  • 1/2 head red cabbage approx 500 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway or fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • large pinch sea salt
Mushrooms
  • 150 grams mixed mushrooms - I used Pine and Swiss
  • 1 garlic glove finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4   teaspoon fennel seed
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil to fry
  • fresh dill to serve
  • 6 slices rye bread
  • 1 tsp vegan butter
  • 2 slices vegan cheese
Recipe Instructions
  1. To make the sauerkraut, simply slice the cabbage in to thin ribbons after removing the core and place it in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar, water, sea salt and caraway or fennel seeds and cook down over medium heat, stirring regularly, for 35 - 40 minutes. Add more water if the cabbage begins to brown at the bottom. 
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. To make the Russian dressing combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. 
  5. Finely slice the mushrooms. Heat a little oil in a large fry pan and sautée the garlic for 20 seconds before adding the mustard and fennel seeds. 
  6. Add the mushrooms and toss through the spices. Cook for four minutes before seasoning with sea salt.
  7. To assemble the sandwich, lightly butter one side of the rye bread slices and place them butter side down on a pan. Grill until lightly toasted.
  8. Remove from the pan and smear the unbuttered side of one slice with a good dollop of the dressing before following with a generous handful of the mushrooms. If you are using cheese slices, add a slice now then add the sauerkraut and slices of the dill pickle. If you are using the cheese sauce, add a drizzle now. 
  9. Place the second slice of bread on top (buttered side out) and return the sandwich to the pan and lightly grill until warmed through. 
  10. Serve immediately. 
Recipe Notes

My quick and dirty sauerkraut can be stored in the fridge for a week. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 596 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 853mg 36%
Potassium 724mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 10g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 37.8%
Vitamin C 97.9%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 23.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Spiced mushrooms, homemade red cabbage sauerkraut, Russian dressing and pickles pack a flavour punch in the Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich.

 

 

 

 

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[…] food you can wrap your fingers around, the po’boy reigns supreme in this house right next to my mushroom reuben sandwich and vegan burgers. And burritos…burritos are pretty awesome. While traditional po’boys […]

Alex
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Alex

I loved this sandwich, but are you using a vegan Worcester sauce? where can i find one?

Kristina @ Vibrant Plate
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I generally dislike mushrooms, but this sandwich looks out of this world! Great job, makes me want one 🙂

Michelle | The Last Food Blog
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I think I could just live on sandwiches, and mushrooms! This looks and sounds delicious x

Sammie
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Ooh this sandwich looks good. I don’t do flimsy, I like substantial and the sandwich certainly delivers. Whilst I eat meat, I also love veggies. Mushrooms give a real meaty bite to food and this is one sandwich I’d be more than happy to eat.