The festive season is well underway which means it is time to cosy up by the fire, bring out the cheesy movies, and crack out the festive recipes. Here is my version of the ultimate Vegan Christmas Sandwich, perfect to use up any of those Christmas Day leftovers!
With the vegan movement steadily gaining more and more traction, that means we are lucky to now have a large selection of goodies available across the supermarkets. I've used two of my favourite festive trimmings in this sandwich: Sage and onion stuffing and pigs in blankets, both from the Vegan Plant Chef range at Tesco (which I have linked in the ingredients below). Combined with roasted butternut squash, kale, and my favourite homemade seitan recipe soaked in gravy (YUM)!
There are also a range of ready-to-eat vegan sandwiches widely available during the festive season, some of my favourites that you can find in most cities include:
Costa - Vegan Turkee, Cranberry & Stuffing Bloomer Toastie
Pret a Manger - Vegan Christmas Lunch Hot Roll (also available as a baguette), Vegan Christmas Nut Roast Sandwich
Starbucks - Very Merry Vegan Wrap
Waitrose - Roasted Roots Wrap with Carrot & Parsnip Falafel
Lidl - Vegan Festive Feast
Aldi - Plant Menu Vegan Feast Sandwich
Sainsburys - Vegan Christmas New Yorker Sandwich
Co-op - GRO Vegan No Turkey Feast
Urban Eat - Vegan Feast
And, as always, each city will have their own amazing selection of local plant-based independent eateries which often provide their own unique takes on classic christmas lunches, so make sure to check those out too.
Vegan Christmas Sandwich
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
200ml vegan gravy
1 loaf of seitan chicken
1 vegan pig in blanket (I used Tesco Plant Chef)
85g vegan stuffing (I used Tesco Plant Chef)
60g butternut squash
2 slices of bread
Slice the seitan into thin strips and add to a bowl with 100ml of gravy to soak.
Cook the pig in blanket and stuffing according to packet instructions.
Cut the butternut squash into cubes and cook for 25-30 minutes, either saute in a pan or roast alongside the ingredients in the oven.
When there are 5 minutes remaining on the oven ingredients, lightly saute the kale in a pan with a little oil to soften.
Lightly toast your bread and spread a little of the remaining gravy on the inside of each slice.
To the bottom slice of bread, add the butternut squash, kale, and seitan slices, crumble up the stuffing balls, and pour over the remaining gravy. Add the top slice of bread, and finish with a pig in blanket on top.
The sandwich can be served warm immediately, or is equally delicious as a cold lunch to take to work.
Other additional topping you could include are cranberry sauce, roasted parsnips, a soft vegan cheese - Pretty much anything you have left over from your Christmas feast!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy my version of the ultimate Christmas sandwich and have a wonderful festive season! If you do try any of my recipes I'd love to know how they turn out - tag me on Instagram @josiewalshaw!