Gardein “Steak” Sandwich

The full title of this sandwich is “Gardein ‘Steak’ Sandwich with Watercress, Red Pepper, and Horseradish Mayonnaise” and it comes from Tal Ronnen’s “The Conscious Cook”.  I have to say, the more recipes I try from this book, the more I fall in love with it!

This is one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had, red peppers and all.  I used to hate red peppers, and I might still have an issue with cooked ones, but I’m trying to force myself to like them raw.  They’re really good on this sandwich, so I encourage you to try the whole recipe as written.  Ryan’s not a huge pepper fan either, but he also really liked them on this.

We served these to two of our good friends who are pretty far from vegetarian, and they loved these sandwiches.  They even went back for seconds!  I was amazed by how much these savory sandwiches tasted like real steak.  The rub for the “meat” smells (and tastes) so good, and I think it’s the key to the amazing flavor.  They also weren’t as hard to make as I thought they’d be, which was a nice surprise.

One word of caution, though – the first horseradish that I grabbed at the store was a sauce rather than “prepared horseradish”.  Once I opened the jar, I could tell just by looking at it that it contained eggs.  I checked the ingredients, and sure enough, there were eggs and dairy in it.  Not sure why I didn’t check that at the store, because I’m pretty good about that, but it meant a second trip out, which was kind of a drag.  So as a reminder, always check the ingredients and save yourself some time!

And honestly, if you don’t have this book already, I can’t encourage you enough to buy it.  Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, you’ll still love it.  Lots of the recipes are geared toward former meat-loving vegans, and they don’t disappoint.  At first glance some of the dishes might seem complicated to make, and there are definitely some that take a bit more time than others.  But many recipes aren’t difficult at all, and everything I’ve tried so far has been so incredibly delicious!

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10 Responses to “Gardein “Steak” Sandwich”

  1. “The flavors soared like an eagle.”

  2. Looks good! Now, did you actually find the product he mentions in the recipe (the strips, I think) or did you use the beef-less tips? That’s all I’ve ever seen, though they’re probably pretty similar.

  3. Hi, Amy! I didn’t find the strips, and don’t think I’ve ever seen them. I know that morningstar used to have faux beef strips, but I don’t know if I ever had them. I used the beef-less tips for this.

  4. Ooh, it looks delicious!

  5. That looks AMAZING! I love a good sandwich and this looks like one of the best. I’ve never tried any gardein products, they don’t carry them here, but I wish I could because I’ve always heard rave reviews.

  6. This looks amazing! I love sandwiches, I definitely need to make this one for my hubby!

  7. I have that cookbook, but I find it really sort of weird to have a serious chef suggest using a premade meat product at home. It all seemed really Sandra Lee to me.

  8. Hey, Theo! I know what you mean, but if you look at the book as almost more for non-vegans it makes a bit more sense. I could serve this sandwich to my Dad, who is a huge steak lover, and I believe that he would be shocked at how good it tastes. Most people who are used to eating steak aren’t going to make homemade seitan. To be honest, I think I’ve only made it once or twice, and I’m already on-board with veganism. There’s also more to the recipe than the gardein – there’s the seasoning, the horseradish mayo and the veggies that all work together. I know that the fake meat thing just doesn’t do it for some vegans, but for people who are transitioning or who really loved meat, seitan and tofu probably aren’t going to cut it. In my case, I appreciate having recipes that take pre-made products and turn them into something more gourmet. And there are lots of other recipes in the book that don’t use any faux meat products. Just my two cents. I think that people are in different places with the food choices they make, and maybe the book is just for something who’s in a different place than you are.

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