Smokey Steak Sandwich with Garlic Spiced Potato Chips

For today’s Meatless Monday post I wanted to once again show you guys that just because you go meatless doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the flavors and textures of the foods that you love.  You can very easily swap them out for much-better-for-you-and-just-as-tasty vegan versions!

This Smokey Steak Sandwich is a perfect example, and while it may not be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, it sure is tasty.  It’s also really easy to make with the help of both gardein beefless tips and frozen Balsamic Glazed Onions from Trader Joe’s, though you could carmelize the onions from scratch if you’d prefer.

These balsamic onions were so good, and I look forward to finding more ways to use them – I’m thinking balsamic onion mayo, balsamic onion dip, balsamic onion soup…

Now I know potato chips aren’t the healthiest side dish, but I was making this meal for a dinner with some good friends where I knew there’d be plenty of wine and not a lot of worry about how healthy this meal was. And these chips were awesome with this sandwich!

The recipe comes from Michael Chiarello, and like his other “speed scratch” recipes, this one’s a favorite because it’s got lots of flavor, but doesn’t take lots of time to make.  I even had some garlic spice leftover from the last time I made these, so all I had to do was heat up the chips and toss them with the seasoning.  (While the ruffled chips were good, I think I prefer using kettle chips for this recipe, so make sure you use whatever chips you like best when you make these.)

While this “recipe” calls for some specific products, please feel free to swap them out for others.  If you have a spice mix that you like better than smoked salt, for example, then just use that.  You could even do this with veggie burgers if you prefer.

Smokey Steak Sandwiches with Balsamic Glazed Onions
serves 4 (makes enough for 6 sandwiches)

2 bags gardein beefless tips, thawed
Maldon smoked sea salt, to taste
fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
about 2-4 tablespoons canola oil
sandwich rolls
about 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons Vegenaise
1/2 bag of Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glazed Onions (prepared according to package directions)

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat.  In a medium-sized bowl, toss the gardein beefless tips with about 2 tablespoons canola oil, or enough to coat them well.  Add a couple generous pinches of smoked salt and some fresh cracked pepper, and toss again.

Grill the beefless tips until they’re caramelized and heated through.  Transfer to a plate.

Open the sandwich rolls and place them cut-side down onto the grill (you may have to do this in batches).  Grill them until they’re nice and toasty.

Spread the sandwich roll with some Vegenaise and top with the grilled gardein and balsamic onions to taste.  Serve with garlic spice potato chips.

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5 Responses to “Smokey Steak Sandwich with Garlic Spiced Potato Chips”

  1. This is the perfect recipe to show someone that thinks all we vegans eat is “rabbit food!” That looks delicious, I have to check out those balsamic onions at TJ’s.

  2. THis looks amazing! I’m just wondering if you have any idea what might be able to be used as an alternative to the garden “beef”. I live in Northern Spain and products like these are few and far between. Any ideas for substitutes? Thanks so much!

  3. Could you just use regular sea salt instead of the maldon smoked sea salt?

  4. Hi, Lucy! Yes, you can use regular salt.

  5. This sounds like a very good recipe! A great way for someone to start going meat free! Thanks so much for sharing.