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Toasted Ruben Best sandwich ever #VeganMoFo #vgnmf15 Day 5

Day five of Vegan Mofo and we are sharing the best sandwich ever.

Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben

Before I was vegan, I loved a good toasted Ruben sandwich. Layers of corned beef topped with sauerkraut, cheese, russian dressing and mustard, yum.

Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben

Obviously, I no longer have the corned beef, but, through the wonders of seitan, I can now make a very close replica of this iconic sandwich.






Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben

Bread of choice

Vegan Cheese



Corned Beefless

  • 1 Cup Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1 Tblspn dried onion flakes
  • 1 Tblspn smoked paprika
  • 1 Tblspn ground fennel
  • 1 Tblspn ground caraway
  • 1/2 Tblspn salt
  • 1 tspn dry hot mustard powder
  • 1/2 tspn ground cloves
  • 1/2 tspn white pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tblspn Maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tblspn balsamic vinegar

Russian Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tspn Dijon mustard
  • 1 tpn grated onion
  • 1 Tblspn hot chilli sauce
Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben

Prepare Corned Beefless:

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix together to form a dough. Knead for 2 -5 minutes to develop gluten strands.

Shape into a log and wrap in cheesecloth loosely, tying the ends.

Bring large pot of water to a boil (if you want to add additional flavour, add a cut onion, a few chopped garlic cloves and 2 or 3 tablespoons of soy sauce to the water). Place gluten log into the boiling water. Bring back to a slow simmer and allow to continue simmering (not boiling) for 1 1/2 hours. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool in simmering liquid.

When cool, remove from cheesecloth and place in Ziploc bag with 1/4 cup of simmering liquid. Place in the fridge and leave overnight. When ready to use, slice thinly.

Russian Dressing:

Blend all but the olive oil together in a blender. Once totally combined, very slowly drizzle the olive oil in while continuing to blend on high.

Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben

To assemble,

Toast bread slices of choice, top with multiple slices of Corned Beefless,  add a generous amount of sauerkraut. Top with vegan cheese, mustard and Russian dressing.

Toasted Ruben

Toasted Ruben