Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

My favorite thing in the world right now is to take unhealthy junky (but delicious!) foods and transform them into much healthier meals! It makes me feel like a scientist or a magician. Is that kind of like a wizard alchemist? Yeah that's what I feel like. A plant strong food wizard alchemist! 

Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

Super. Duper. Yummy. Seriously, you should make these. Maybe even double the recipe. 

Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

These sandwiches are crazy good. I didn't even think I would have been so incredibly satisfied after eating one. I am thrilled!!! Smokey browned mushrooms, seasoned onions and peppers all under a creamy tangy cheese sauce!? Plus some jalapenos and chile flakes.. OHHH Heck yeah I'm thrilled. I'm thinking this would all be amazing stuffed into a huge baked potato (so you don't need buns, yall!) 

Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

This Liquid Smoke, Wright's, is the only one I can find locally that doesn't have any other weird ingredients. Some other brands have sugar, soy sauce, MSG, food coloring and other crap in them. This one is just condensed liquid smoke - nothing crazy. If you don't like the stuff, use smoked paprika or leave it out all together. 

Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

Spicy Vegan Portobello Philly "Cheesesteak" Sandwiches

makes 4 sandwiches

  • 4 portobello mushroom caps, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large yellow or sweet onion, cut into strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile flakes, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Basic Cheese Sauce! Recipe below
  • 4 buns (I get mine at Trader Joe's - no crazy ingredients! Also check out a local bakery for buns, french rolls or whatever you can find that fits into your diet.)

First make the cheese sauce below so that it is ready to go. This is a relatively quick cooking meal so you want your sauce ready when your filling is ready. 

Heat a large nonstick pan (cast iron works great!) over high heat and add the mushrooms to the pan. Cook them in a dry pan for several minutes until they are nicely browned. Remember to stir them so they don't burn. Once they are brown add in the soy sauce, liquid smoke and black pepper. Stir for about a minute and then transfer them from a pan to a plate or heatproof dish. Set aside. 

Now place the pan back over high heat and add all of the peppers and onions. Stir in the oregano, chile flakes and salt as well. Cook until the onions and peppers have started to brown. I like some of them to be pretty dark like you would see them when you have fajitas. 

Stir in the mushrooms to warm them back up and then take the pan off the heat. 

You can toast your buns before assembling if you like (I do!!) by putting them under the broiler until they are lightly browned. 

Now just load up the sandwiches, top with some hot cheese sauce and DEVOUR! Really, you don't need me to tell you that because you're going to do it. I like these served with baked fries and maybe a slaw. I'll get back to you with that slaw recipe real soon, alright?! 

Basic Cheese Sauce

  • 12oz  (about 1 cup) silken tofu (such as Mori-nu Soft Silken Tofu)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon miso paste (white, "mellow" or red work! Can't find it? Use soy sauce/tamari instead.)
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Blend everything together until it's very smooth. Heat it up until its as warm as you want for the sandwiches. It's that easy! You can do it in a blender, food processor or I use my immersion blender for this (I LOVE my immersion blender!! It's so easy to clean and I'm so lazy that we are a match made in heaven! ha!)  You'll have plenty leftover but I'm sure you can think of something to put it on, right?! (Baked potatoes, broccoli, pasta, cauliflower, baked french fries, burritos, etc..)

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