Oozy-gooey comfort food with zero quilt, in fact, this dish is actually good for you. Beets are incredible little vegetables, but I'm personally not crazy about them, so I was pretty delighted when I tentatively bit into my newest creation and it was not only tolerable but like, insanely enjoyable. A hint of fat, hella carbs and some really hard working nutrients like vitamin A, B9, potassium and manganese, meaning not only can you indulge, but you should.
I dress em' up a little but these beets aren't even trying to be pastrami, they know this ain't no competition.
6 small-medium sized raw beets, red and golden, thinly sliced.
3 tsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp salt
ground pepper to taste
1 tbs tamari
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tbs safflower oil (can substitute)
1/4 cup vegan mayo
1 tbs ketchup
2 tbs pickles, finely chopped
1 tbs lemon juice
1 cup prepared sauerkraut
6 slices Coconut Herb Chao Slices by Field Roast (can be substituted with any vegan sliced cheese, but nothing I've found will compare)
4 slices of black forest or marble rye bread
vegan butter (optional)
- Preheat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash beets and slice as thin as possible, a mandolin or the single glade on a spirlizer is recommended.
- Combine sugar and spices in a large bowl and add the beets, rubbing the spice mixture into the beet flesh.
- Combine oil, tamari and liquid smoke and add to the beets and toss.
- Lay out the beets on a parchment pepper lined baking tray in a single layer and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Combine mayo, ketchup, pickles and lemon juice in a small bowl.
- Lightly butter your pan or skillet and place two slices of rye face down.
- Spread thousand island on both slices. Layer one side with 2 Chao cheese slices, beets, kraut and then cheese again. Then place a lid over your pan to help the cheese melt.
- Remove the lid once your Chao cheese is nice and gooey and leave in the pan with the lid off just a bit longer to crisp up the edges of your bread.
- Remove from the pan, slap the two halves together, and dig in.
Servings: 2 sandwiches Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes