Friday, August 27, 2010

Hot Off the Press

My love affair with my panino press continues... with Tempeh Reubens! I more or less followed the directions from Vegan With a Vengeance, minus the avocado & margarine, and with a slightly different take on the 1,000 Island Dressing. I love that that "old" book still has undiscovered joys in it for me to fall in love with. It was my first time ever making a reuben and my first time ever buying sauerkraut. Yummy yum yums! Mr. Vegan Eats and Treats was chowing down on his sandwich and urgently declaring his love for me, so this was pretty much a hit. I'll definitely make these again, soon!

The very next night after our reuben success story, we had my dad over for more dinner panini! My mom was off on a quick jaunt to Japan (fancy!), so we invited my dad over to revel in the glory of the panino press... (which, incidentally, was a gift from my parents). I cleverly re-used the tempeh marinade from the night before for some tofu, summer squash and eggplants. Then I busted out my marvelous pesto stash, and some giant green heirloom tomatoes from the garden and made up some perfect summer sandwiches.

Mmmmm! I brush a tiny bit of olive oil on the bread before pressing it... for that "just perfect" crunch when you bite into it.

My mom always makes a salad with dinner, and I didn't want my Dad to feel neglected, so I made up this beautiful summery salad to go with our sandwiches. Lettuce, watercress, red tomatoes, orange tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, cukes, radishes, and I don't even know what else... lots of good stuff!

9 comments:

  1. My panini grill thing is probably the most lived 'extra' I have in my kitchen. Great looking sandwiches you've got there!

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  2. I love how you declare yourself clever, haha! Your reubens sound amazing. Next potluck theme - sandwiches?

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  3. Mmmm, I would have an affair with that press, too!

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  4. yummy!!!!!!!!!! it all looks soo good!! I love grilled veggies

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  5. One more reason why I've added panino press to my ever-growing Xmas wish list.

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  6. Those grill lines are so perfect and tempting, they make me want to whip out my own panini maker asap. I rarely use it, but really should change that... Nearly everything looks tastier grilled and/or pressed!

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  7. i'm so glad the tempeh reubens went well! hooray for my favorite sandwich!

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  8. Yum, I think I need a panini maker!

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  9. Oh man, I want my sandwich maker to arrive! It's still in a crate, floating over here!

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