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Italian Sausage on Baguette [Vegan]

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One of the fond memories from our college years was pizza. Garcia’s Pizza. And the Gutbuster was their famous 3/4-pound slice with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. Something we all remembered with affection…It had been many years since I even thought about the Gutbuster, but since our reunion weekend, I have been pondering a makeover of our beloved pie.

The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich – Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


Vegan Italian Sausage

  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c. cold mushroom broth
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 c. vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 t. toasted fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 t. red pepper flakes
  • 1 t. sweet paprika
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 T. fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt & fresh ground black pepper


  • french baguette, sliced in half lengthwise
  • olive oil
  • green bell pepper, sliced
  • yellow onion, sliced
  • dried oregano
  • red pepper flakes
  • tomato sauce
  • sliced mushrooms
  • tomato, cut into small wedges
  • vegan mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • chiffonade of fresh
  •  basil
  • salt and pepper


Vegan Italian Sausage

  1. First set up a steamer that can hold four large sausages. Bring the water to a boil. Set aside 4 square sheets of aluminum foil. This “dough” only takes a few minutes to prepare, so make sure the steamer is ready to go.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the beans. Add all the other ingredients to the beans in the order listed. I found it was easier to mix with my hands, like making meatloaf. Place one fourth of dough onto each of the foil squares and mold into approximately a 5 inch log. Wrap the dough in the foil by folding in the sides then rolling up the foil to make a cigar. The elasticity of the vital wheat gluten will help shape the sausage into a smooth log as it steams.
  3. Place wrapped sausages in the steamer and steam for 40 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Unwrap the chilled sausages and let come to room temperature. Saute in canola oil over medium-high heat until brown and crispy on all sides, the interior will remain moist. Drain on paper towels while assembling the Gutbuster.


  1. Saute green bell pepper and onion in olive oil until soft. Add oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in tomato sauce to coat the vegetables, then keep warm. Meanwhile saute mushrooms in olive oil until golden, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut the baguette into slices about the same length as the sausages. Brush the baguette with olive oil and toast until golden brown. Place the hot sausage on the bread. Top with green pepper/onion mixture on one side, mushrooms and tomatoes on the other side. Secure the sandwich with picks. Top with vegan mozzarella and place under the broiler until the cheese starts to melt. Garnish with fresh basil.





Lori Lynn's blog Taste With The Eyes “where the image is meant to titillate and inspire the cook” was born back in June 2007. On Taste With The Eyes, Lori shares dishes that are unique, special – ones that highlight a technique, ingredient, or a combination of flavors that titillated me.



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1 Years Ago

I made this recipe last night. Substitutions included using Better Than Bouillon No-Beef mixed in water for mushroom broth, Bragg\'s Aminos for soy sauce, half the red pepper flakes called for in recipe and subbed dried spices for the fresh ones (would have used fresh, but didn\'t have them on hand). Also made six logs, not four. These sausages were excellent! They reminded my husband of hoagies you might get at a county fair. Will make them many more times, I\'m sure.

4 Years Ago

"Faux meats" do not appeal to me, anymore than real meats do, but I can understand omnivores who want to reduce their animal consumption transitioning to vegetarian/vegan fare by using these. For the Italian sausage, I\'d avoid using foil--that just does not seem healthy to me. Perhaps using corn husks, as is done with tamales, might work?

4 Years Ago

Is there something that can be substituted for vital wheat gluten to make these sausages gluten free? Ground flax seed and ... ? maybe for elasticity? Thanks.

Brian Naykki
4 Years Ago

I made The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich – Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette for our Super Bowl meal and we all liked them a lot. We are new to eating Vegan, and always thought the food would be tastless...that is sooo far from the truth. We love a good brat or sausage and these filled that void. They tasted just like a Italian Sausage that I look for, will make these again. Can these be grilled as well?


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