Vegan 'Bacon' Cheese Toastie

Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
0:25 m

Toastie? Completed it mate. We challenge anyone in the land to make a tastier toastie in under 30 minutes. Expect balsamic wonderfulness on your tongue from our quick caramelised onions, meaty umami from our tempeh bacon, smoky gooey delight from the high-quality smoked cheese, all toasted to perfection inside thick-cut sourdough. Cheesus! The Earl of Sandwich would be proud.

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For the toast

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>4 thick slices of quality sourdough<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> fresh chives chopped<item-todo-done>

For the caramelised onion

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp balsamic vinegar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp soft brown sugar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp salt<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp plant-based butter<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 red onion<item-todo-done>

For the tempeh bacon

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp plant-based butter - more for greasing<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp fennel seeds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp smoked paprika<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp maple syrup<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp soy sauce or tamari<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>100g tempeh<item-todo-done>

For the smoked cheese mix

<item-todo-done>1 tbsp plant-based cream cheese<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tbsp Dijon mustard<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp oat milk<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp sherry - or red wine vinegar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> pepper to taste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>60g smoked plant-based cream cheese<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Small saucepan with a lid on a medium heat | Frying pan | Line a tray with kitchen paper | Sandwich iron or heavy pan that will fit inside the frying pan

Start with the caramelised onions

  • Peel and thinly slice the onion
  • Melt the plant-based butter in the small saucepan
  • Add the onion to the pan along with the balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt
  • Stir, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and put the lid on the pan

Make the tempeh bacon

  • Put the frying pan on a medium heat and melt the plant-based butter
  • Crush the fennel seeds and cut the tempeh into thin slices
  • Add both to the pan along with the smoked paprika
  • Carefully turn the tempeh slices in the spiced butter to coat, then pour over the maple syrup and soy sauce or tamari
  • Fry the tempeh in the sticky mixture for about 10 minutes until starting to crisp and caramelise
  • Remove the tempeh to the tray lined with kitchen paper and set aside
  • Rinse and dry the pan

Meanwhile, make the smoked cheese mix

  • Chop the chives and put them in a bowl with the rest of the cheese mix ingredients
  • Mix everything together with a fork

Finish the sandwich

  • Put the frying pan back over a medium heat and add the tablespoon of olive oil, ensuring it coats the base of the pan evenly
  • Lay 2 slices of bread in the pan
  • Top each slice first with the cheese mix, then the tempeh bacon
  • Divide the onions between the slices
  • Lay the remaining bread slices on top
  • Use your biggest, heaviest pan or a sandwich iron to compress the sandwiches
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes, then remove the weight, very carefully flip the sandwiches over and replace the weight on top
  • Fry for another 3-4 minutes
  • Remove the sandwiches to a wooden board, cut in half and serve
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