Friday, August 31, 2012

Food Network Monthly Cookalong August Wrap Up

This month has flown by just like every other one this year. It has been a scrumptious month of sandwich-y goodness in this house. Here are some others that enjoyed some sandwiches and joined in for the Sandwich King themed cookalong this month!

I'll start off with Liz from Cooking the Vegan Books this month. She made two delicious sandwiches this month for the cookalong.

The first one was a Sandwich King recipe called Sloppy Jose with Chorizo, Charred Poblanos and Avocado Crema. Quite a mouthful Mr. Mauro! She used a new chorizo (that she decided was just okay) but suggested next time she would use the chorizo from Viva Vegan. Topped with a zesty avocado crema and her mix of green pepper and jalapeno in place of hard to find poblanos this sandwich certainly sounds tasty to me!

Next, Liz tried a new product that I love, The Vegg, to make a Seitan Bacon French Toast Sandwich to cure her fried food slight hangover craving. She wasn't sold on the Vegg but the sandwich did hit the spot.

Sandra is definitely a sandwich person as she has a whopping seven recipes in this month's cookalong wrap up! I love it that Sandra is just as excited as me about these cookalongs!

I'm working backwards here through the month from her blog...

Let's start with Sandra's take on Rachael Ray's Sesame Lime Shrimp Salad with Lettuce Wraps where she easily subbed tofu for the shrimp and used bread in place of lettuce cups since she was making it for supper. She missed the sesame seeds but added some fresh tomatoes. Looks so fresh and tasty! I definitely have to try these!

Next up, is her take on Jeff Mauro's All-American Down-Home Patriotic Meatloaf Sandwich which is a mouthful in itself but the sandwich looks like one too! Sandra made a big ol' tofu loaf and sliced and piled it onto toasted bread with pickles and french fried onions. What a sandwich!!

Another Jeff Mauro veganized by Sandra was the Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Grilled Pineapple Relish which I saw on the show recently and thought looked like an excellent one to veganize as well! She uses tofu in this one as well as a stand in for pulled pork and made the relish a little more kid friendly by reducing the amount of jalapeño. Another winner!

This next one was already actually vegan from the show Fat Chef. The Spicy Grilled Tofu with Thai Slaw and Avocado on Multgrain Bread was already vegan by Sandra wanted to tweak it a bit. I love that Sandra saw this recipe and wanted to fix it saying that the ratio of tofu to slaw was way off and then balanced out the flavours of the marinade as well. Nicely done!

This next one is a mish mash of two Food Network recipes, one from David Lieberman and one from Rachael Ray. It's loaded up with grilled veggies and has some homemade herbed tofu ricotta spread on the bread. Sounds like a great summer meal to me.

Ina Garten served as the inspiration for Sandra's next entry of Vegan Grilled Steak Sandwiches. She went for the faux beef from La Dolce Vegan (written by Canada's own Sarah Kramer) then added in fried onions, kale for the greens and some veganized mustard mayo sauce. She served it up with all kinds of fresh grilled veggies too!

This last one is what Sandra says happens when you have no plans for lunch and find a head of cabbage and a pack of tofu in the fridge. I'd say it's a pretty great find and then she uses a very inventive technique of roasting the cabbage with onions and tofu in staggered layers. Then she adds pesto on the toasted bread to top it off!

Megan (my fellow Newfoundlander!) created a sandwich of epic proportions! The Monster Mouth Sandwich comes with step by step pictures to help you build the perfect sandwich which I love! It is stuffed full of some of Megan's favourite things like Smoky Soy Curls (me too), tofu bacon (need to try), Gobbler slices from Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day! (here's a link to the recipe), Daiya Jalapeno Garlic Havarti (my favourite of the new wedges too) and veggies. You would think that was enough but she also whipped up a Sundried Tomato Basil Mayo that sounds incredible. Now that's a monster sandwich!

Lea over at Vibrantlea Vegan took on Buttery Lobster Rolls for My Baby by Jeff Mauro. She definitely used an alternative to lobster when she brought out the cauliflower! Impressive! I don't think I would have thought of that. Served up in a lightly toasted hot dog roll with a sprinkling of scallions on top this roll definitely looks the part.

How about a Vegan Ribwich? Sounds tasty, right? Katie from Not Just Granola thought so too so she whipped one up and served it on multigrain baguette. Using a baked seitan rib recipe from another website she put together something delicious!

My cookalong posts for quick navigation

Emeril's Kicked-up BLT:

Croque Monsieur Macaroni Grilled Cheese:

Deconstructed Eggplant Parm Sandwich:

Stroganoff Sandwiches:

A few quick sandwich ideas:

Please note: I am posting photos with each link so you can see the beautiful creations these talented people have put together. The photos are the property of each blogger and shouldn't be copied and used unless you have their consent. I'm sure they won't mind you sharing with friends just be nice and give credit were credit is due.


  1. I am so making that Monster Mouth asap!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Sandwichmania! I'd like one of everything, please!

  3. Ok, so I totally opened almost all of the links... whaa! They all look so good!

  4. Maggie Muggins with the Monster Mouth sandwich sent me a comment that my clumsy fingers deleted instead of published! Ugh! Here it is though...

    "OMG, so many sandwiches bookmarked! I'm getting ridiculously hungry looking at all these entries."

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