Part of the fun of being vegetarian is making meatless versions of classic recipes like burgers, lasagna, enchiladas, etc. The trick is to make the dish equally tasty without meat. Of course, it won’t taste exactly the same, but if you can make a version that is delicious and satisfying, mission accomplished! Meat eaters may partake without scorn.
My fiancé is a huge fan of sloppy joes. I’ve actually never had a sloppy joe (crazy, right?) and I’m not going to start handling ground beef anytime soon, so I whipped him up a vegetarian version. I guess you could look at this situation in one of two ways. One, that I’m really sweet and loving to make his favorite sammy veggie style. Or, two, I suck because I’m not willing to make the classic version he loves. I’ll go with the former and hope he does too.
Ingredients: (makes 4 sandwiches)
4 Kaiser Rolls or Hamburger Buns
1/2 block firm or extra firm tofu (drained well)
2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 onion finely chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans (or a 14 oz can, drained)
1 can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you like)
2 Tablespoons molasses (or honey)
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Use a food processor to crumble the tofu. Pulse a few times until it is broken into small, pebble sized, pieces.
On the stove top in a large pot, heat olive oil onions and garlic. Stir a few minutes until onions are translucent.
Next, add in the mushrooms, tofu, pinto beans, oregano, and tomato paste. Stir for about three minutes.
Stir in the soy sauce, vinegar, Sriracha, molasses and black pepper. Allow to cook for a few minutes. Give it a taste and see what you think. Add more spices to suite your taste.
Spoon the sloppy joe mix onto a Kaiser roll and top with your favorite toppings. Serve with a side of veggies or chips.
With an iced cold beer. Anchor Steam is a favorite in our house.
My fiancé and I were both big fans of this recipe, although he said it didn’t taste exactly the same as the traditional sloppy joe sauce. The texture was pretty close and it had a nice sweet and tangy tomato flavor.
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