April 12, 2013

Cooking, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure

AoM Month of Sandwiches Day #10: Black Bean Veggie Sandwich

tasting

Welcome to Day #10 of the AoM sandwich project. Last month we asked readers for their best sandwich recommendations. Out of 483 submissions, we picked 20 to highlight here on the site each weekday during the month of April. At the end, we’ll publish all the entries into an epic man-sandwich cookbook. Enjoy.

Today’s Sandwich: Black Bean Veggie Sandwich by Scott

So far, all the sandwiches we’ve featured have had meat, so I figured it was time we throw a bone to our vegetarian readers (is that kosher?) and feature a sandwich sans carne. Kate, who isn’t the biggest fan of deli meat, also wanted me to make a sandwich that she could share with me. This black bean veggie sandwich from Scott caught my eye. Will it make this carnivore a believer? Let’s find out.

Ingredients

ingredients

  • White bread
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Cheddar cheese  (I didn’t have any on hand, so I used muenster cheese)
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Black beans
  • Red or green pepper (I used a jalapeño pepper — I like living dangerously!)
  • 2 garlic cloves

Step 1: Make Bean Mix

ingredmixer

Put can of black beans (drained), red or green pepper, and two garlic cloves in food processor. You’re kind of making a black bean hummus here.

mixer

Blend until well mixed. It should still be thick, and hummus-y, though. I unfortunately went a little food processor crazy and created an almost liquid mixture.

Step 2: Thinly Slice Zucchini

zuchinni

Create 4 to 5 thinly sliced zucchini rounds.

Step 3: Slice Mushroom

mushrooms

Slice one small mushroom.

Step 4: Add Mayo to Bread

mayo

Spread a generous helping of mayo on white bread.

Step 5: Add Cheese

cheese

Add two slices of cheddar or muenster cheese. Scott says it’s “very important that the mayo and cheese be touching — it’s not the same without the directly combined flavors.”

Step 6: Add Zucchini Slices

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Add zucchini slices.

Step 7: Stack Mushroom Slices

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Step 8: Add a Dollop of Bean Mix

beanmix

Yes, I know what it looks like. Hold in those snickers. It tastes good. I promise.

Step 9: Spread Mustard on Second Slice of Bread

mustard

Finished Product

finished

Thanks to my over-blending, this isn’t the prettiest sandwich we’ve showcased. But how does it taste?

Taster’s Notes

tasting

As a ravaging carnivore, I had my doubts about this no-meat sandwich. And my overly-pureed beans were not the most appetizing thing in the world. But I’ll be darned if this sandwich didn’t taste great. It was filling to boot! The bean mix was delicious — and there was plenty of it left over for several more sandwiches. The jalapeño gave it a strong kick of spice; if you don’t like things forehead-sweating hot, use a bell pepper. The mushroom actually gave the sandwich a meaty texture. I can definitely see this becoming a regular sandwich for me. If you’re a vegetarian, I highly recommend this one; if you’re an unapologetic carnivore, give it a chance. You might be surprised.


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