Because I can never say no to a good sandwich. Or to peanut butter. Don’t know if you’ve tried soy curls yet, but if you liked chicken before going vegan, you’ll be happy to hear they’re the perfect cruelty-free substitute.

Savory Sweet Cluck−Free Strips Sandwiches [Vegan]

Serves

6 sandwiches

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Ingredients

For the Strips:

  • 8 ounces (225 g) dry soy curls
  • 1 3/4 cups (420 ml) vegetable broth or dashi
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (10 g) nutritional yeast (powder)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegan sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) toasted sesame oil or any oil
  • 1 tablespoon (20 g) blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

For the Sandwiches:

  • 6 vegan soft bread rolls, lightly toasted
  • Vegan hot pepper jelly, for serving
  • Natural nut butter of choice (lightly salted, dry-roasted cashew, peanut, or almond butter), for serving
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Preparation

To Make the Strips:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C, or gas mark 6).
  2. To make the strips: In a large baking pan, combine the soy curls and broth. Let stand for 5 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure the curls are soaking in the liquid. Note that the curls won’t be fully rehydrated before adding the remaining ingredients. Don’t worry.
  3. Add the remaining strip ingredients and stir well to combine thoroughly.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed and the curls are pleasantly browned. Let cool slightly before using in sandwiches. Or refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use, or for up to 4 days.

To Make the Sandwiches:

  1. Spread a generous layer of jam on one side of the toasted bread. Spread a generous layer of nut butter on the other. Pile on a handful of soy strips, close (the sandwich), and open (your mouth). Repeat to make the remaining sandwiches and serve immediately.
  2. 6. To reheat leftover strips, place them in a small skillet and reheat on medium heat until warmed through, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Notes

Don’t care for bread rolls, but have a ton of flatbreads or tortillas in need of being called for duty? They will work just as well here, just don’t call them sandwiches. Go for wraps. Heat them in a skillet for softness with a little bit of char around the edges for extra flavor. Apply the jam on one half of the surface, nut butter on the other. Slap those strips in the middle, and fold. Or roll. Whatever floats your hunger boat.

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