Vegan Cheesesteak-Inspired Sandwich (1 pan, 30 minutes, gf, sf, and nf options)

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Vegan Cheesesteak-Inspired Sandwich (1 pan, 30 minutes, gf, sf, and nf options)

This incredibly tasty, creamy and smoky sandwich was inspired by the flavors and textures of a vegan cheesesteak. It's a healthy version of the fast food favorite that doesn't sacrifice an ounce of flavor.

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Summary

This vegan cheesesteak uses soy curls as the meat. The soy curls have more of a chicken-like texture, rather than a steak, so I can't really call it a Philly cheesesteak, but it has such similar flavor notes and textures.

This sandwich is super easy to make! Stir-fry seasoned and smoked soy curls and make my easy nacho cheese sauce. If you don't want to use that sauce, you can also use my liquid mozzarella or potato and carrot sauce.

Either way, serve this sandwich in sandwiches or on hoagie rolls or however you like. If you're craving a vegan cheesesteak, I highly recommend making this recipe.

What are soy curls?

Soy Curls are a healthy alternative made with just 1 ingredient. Whole soybeans. Soybeans are boiled and dehydrated in a certain way to get that chicken-like texture. Soy curls can be cooked in many ways. I love rehydrating them in a marinade or broth for frying like my General Tso Soy Curls, using it to make vegan chicken curry by cooking them in curry, adding it to creamy pasta sauces like my Florentine, making a spicy curl snack crispy soybeans and many other ways!

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Because you'll love this vegan cheesesteak

  • Smoked and crispy soy curls cook in just 1 pan
  • satisfying and tasty texture with creamy cheese sauce on toast
  • choose your favorite vegan cheese dip – so versatile!
  • easily made nut-free, soy-free and gluten-free with simple swaps
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Vegan cheesesteak

This incredibly tasty, creamy and smoky sandwich was inspired by the flavors and textures of a vegan cheesesteak. It's a healthy version of the fast food favorite that doesn't sacrifice an ounce of flavor. Make this delicious smoked soy curl and serve with my 10 minute cheese dip!

Preparation time20 minutes

Time to cook10 minutes

Total time30 minutes

Course: Main course, main course, sandwich

Kitchen: American

Keyword: vegan cheesesteak

Portions: 4

Calories: 304kcal

Author: Richa vegan

ingredients

For the smoked soy curls

  • 4 ounces (113.4 G) Dried soybean curls soaked in 2 cups of hot chicken or beef-flavored broth for at least 15 minutes
  • 2 teaspoons oil

For the seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning or poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the rest of the mixture

  • ½ cup (80 G) chopped or sliced ​​onion
  • ½ cup (74.5 G) sliced ​​pepper I use both red and green.
  • 2 teaspoons vegan Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 table spoon Ketchup
  • 1 table spoon barbecue sauce or use steak sauce

For the Sandwich

  • 4 hoagie sandwiches or sandwiches or bread of your choice
  • vegan cheese sauce like my cashew nacho, my potato and carrot dip or my mozzarella dip

Instructions

  • Soak the soy curls if you haven't already. Then, after 15 minutes, drain them and set them aside. Reserve the soaking broth. Don't press them too hard, you just want to remove some of the excess moisture and leave some moisture in the soy curls

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Once the pan is hot, add the soy curls and cook and roast them for 2-4 minutes, until they start to brown on some edges.

  • Then add all the spices, salt and pepper and mix very well to coat the soy curls and cook for a minute.

  • Add the onion, bell pepper and another teaspoon of oil and cook until the onions are translucent, then add all the sauces and mix well.

  • Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of the reserved broth to help the mixture come together. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes, then turn off the heat.

  • Taste and adjust the flavor by adding other sauces and salt or reheating etc., then prepare the bread by toasting it in a pan with a little butter or in a toaster.

  • Cover the bread with a good dollop of cheese sauce, then this soy curl mixture, then more cheese sauce. If you wish, you can add some chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro. Close the sandwich with the other half of the bread and serve immediately.

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Notes

Use my nacho cheese dip. Or instead my liquid mozzarella.
Variation: You can also make this sandwich with seitan, mushrooms or tofu. You don't need to soak any of these. Just put it in a pan, brown it a bit with the spices and add the onion, pepper and continue with the recipe as written from there.
This recipe is naturally nut-free, as long as you use a nut-free cheese sauce.
For gluten-free,
choose gluten-free bread and use gluten-free sauces.

Without soy: Use seitan or mushrooms instead of soy curls. Also make sure your sauces are soy-free.
The nutritional information does not include cheese sauce, as the type and amount used will vary.

Nutrition

Nutritional values

Vegan cheesesteak

Quantity per serving

Calories 304
Calories from fat 45

% Daily Value*

Fat 5 g8%

Saturated fat 1 g6%

Sodium 578 mg25%

Potassium 192 mg5%

Carbohydrates 45 g15%

7g fiber29%

Sugar 9 g10%

Protein 20 g40%

Vitamin A 752 IU15%

C vitamin 26 mg32%

Soccer 161 mg16%

Iron 5mg28%

*Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ingredients and substitutions

  • soy curls – You will dip them in vegan chicken or vegan beef broth and drain them. You can replace it with seitan, mushrooms or tofu instead. You don't need to soak any of these if you do.
  • oil – For frying the soya curls.
  • seasoning – We are seasoning the soy curls with all-purpose or poultry seasoning, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  • onion and pepper – For that classic vegan cheesesteak vibe.
  • sauces – Vegan Worcestershire, ketchup and BBQ sauce or steak sauce add even more flavor to the soy curls.
  • Vegan Cheese Sauce – You can use store bought or make one of my quick and easy vegan cheese sauces: Nacho Cheese Sauce, Liquid Mozzarella, or Instant Pot Cheese Sauce.

💡 Tips

  • When you drain the soy curls, don't squeeze them too much. You want to leave them moist for the best flavor.
  • Save time by prepping the vegetables, cheese sauce and other ingredients while the soy curls are soaking.

How to prepare this vegan cheesesteak

Soak the soy curls if you haven't already. Then, after 15 minutes, drain them and set them aside. Don't press them too hard, you just want to remove some of the excess moisture. Reserve the soaking broth.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Once the pan is hot, add the soy curls and cook and roast them for 2-4 minutes, until they start to brown on some edges.

soy curls in pan before cookingsoy curls in pan before cooking

Then add all the spices, salt and pepper and mix very well to coat the soy curls and cook for a minute.

adding spices to the crunchy soy curls in the panadding spices to the crunchy soy curls in the pan

Add the onion, bell pepper and another teaspoon of oil and cook until the onions are translucent, then add all the sauces and mix well.

adding onion and pepper to the pan of soy curlsadding onion and pepper to the pan of soy curls
onions and peppers in pan after cookingonions and peppers in pan after cooking

Add 2 to 4 tablespoons chicken or beef-flavored broth to help the mixture come together. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes, then turn off the heat.

adding sauces to the pan of soy curls, peppers and onionsadding sauces to the pan of soy curls, peppers and onions

Taste and adjust the flavor by adding other sauces and salt or reheating etc., then prepare the bread by toasting it in a pan with a little butter or in a toaster.

Brown the soy curls, peppers and onions in a pan, after having cooked them with the saucesBrown the soy curls, peppers and onions in a pan, after having cooked them with the sauces
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Cover the bread with a good dollop of cheese sauce, then this soy curl mixture, then more cheese sauce. If you wish, you can add some chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro. Close the sandwich with the other half of the bread and serve immediately.
Store the soy curls and cheese sauce separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Heat in a pan and prepare the sandwiches

cheese sauce and soy curl mixture on toasted bunscheese sauce and soy curl mixture on toasted buns
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Frequent questions

Is this recipe suitable for allergy sufferers?

This recipe is naturally nut-free, as long as you use a nut-free cheese sauce. It's gluten free if you choose gluten free bread and gluten free worcestershire and tamari.

You can make this soy-free vegan cheesesteak by using seitan or mushrooms instead of soy curls. Also make sure your sauces are soy-free.

What can I use instead of soy curls?

You can also make this sandwich with seitan, mushrooms or tofu. You don't need to soak any of these. Just put it in a pan, brown it a little with the spices and add the onion, pepper and continue with the recipe as written from there.

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