The Maple Vegan Sandwich

What are the ingredients of a great sandwich? A recent article published in the Huffington Post claims to have the answer to that question. They say that “across the country, a new breed of sandwich artisans are taking lunchtime to a whole ‘nother level.” Translation? Sandwich making is becoming an art form.

The Huffington Post recently published a series of sandwiches by Endless Simmer that heralded what they called America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches. Number Four on this list was The Maple. The name had my eyebrow raising with interest even though the ingredients sounded more like something from a McMenu with sausage, cheese, and griddled bread.

But trust me, this is not your country cousin’s McGriddle. In fact, this sandwich puts the art in the artisan. And yet, I imagine it would appeal to foodies and that McGriddle lovin’ cousin alike. The only problem? We needed a vegan version. What were we to do?

The Vegan Maple Sandwich is like the McGriddle but better.

Vegan Artisans

A team of vegan bloggers combined their recipe designing skills to remodel these sandwiches, maintaining their artisan-inspired, quirky features, while transforming them to a healthier and happier place in today’s American culture. We call our vegan series “America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches…Veganized!” Here’s what we’ve published so far:

  • Sandwich No. 10 the Vegan Spuckie Sandwich, prepared by Your Vegan Mom and featured a carrot salad on top of vegan deli slices.
  • Sandwich No. 9  the Bulgogi Steak Sandwich by Manifest Vegan showcased tender strips of marinated tofu topped with caramelized onions.
  • Sandwich No. 8, the Crispy Drunken Chicken Sandwich showcased two unique vegan recipes by Veggie Num Num and Epicurean Vegan who both provided recipes with sweet, spicy sauces.
  • Sandwich No. 7, the Cheesy Mac and Rib Sandwich featuring a thick barbecue sauce grilled over thinly sliced tofu and served with caramelized onions and oh-so-vegan mac and cheese.
  • Sandwich No. 6, The Pibil Torta Sandwich spotlighting crusty bolillo bread spread with a black bean paste, marinated wild mushrooms and finished with a layer of pickled red onions.
  • Sandwich No. 5, The Fried Chicken Sandwich, a cashew cream encrusted fried *chick’n* patty topped with a lip-smacking, zesty slaw.

Today’s recipe, The Maple, was veganized, developed, and photographed by Nora of Pride and Vegiduce. If you haven’t yet figured out what makes a great sandwich for you, be prepared to find your maple muse.

A vegan version of The Maple sandwich which was featured on the Huffington Post.
A vegan version of The Maple Sandwich originally featured on Endless Simmer.
The Vegan Maple Sandwich featured on the Namely Marly site.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this seventh post in our series of America’s Top 10 New Sandwiches…Veganized! We’ll be publishing more recipes soon.

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17 Responses to The Maple Vegan Sandwich

  1. There are few things I like better than vegan French toast with a side of sausage – the sausage dipped into the maple syrup, of course! This sandwich sounds like a perfect combination of all things good about brunch. 🙂

    • You are so right Leinana! We made this sandwich last night and I was thinking about you because it would make a perfect brunch. Super yummy!

  2. Oh Yum! I remember this sandwich from that original list, Marly. The Vegan with Vengeance did an awesome job. Ooh, and now I’m craving that kind of toasty, buttery bread pictured on the sandwich;-)

    • I guess this page should have come with a warning. Cover keyboard when reading this sandwich series!

  3. Marly, I am just loving this series. These sandwiches have been so creative and hearty looking that I don’t think anyone would miss the meat. The Maple Bread Pudding sounds like it could be served as French toast for breakfast and the Chipotle Cheddar Sauce sounds like a great nacho topping. Now that my son is allergic to so many foods (dairy, gluten, eggs, etc)., he is basically vegan (and eating more healthy than he’s ever been!), so these recipes have been so inspirational.

    • Thanks! I’ve been lucky to have such an amazing group of bloggers to work with. They rock! I agree with you that it’s so good to show people how vegans can graze on more than just rabbit food. Although I eat my fair share of salads (because I love ’em!), I like to have some tasty delicious food too! From what I’ve seen on your site, your son is eating some incredible food!

    • My sentiments exactly Jason – wow everyone of the sandwiches in the series have been mouth-watering fabulous!

  4. Hi Marly, I haven’t visited here for awhile but noticed your veganized sandwich series and had to take a look at the sandwiches. The takes on the sandwiches are creative and the ingredients delicious. I think a sandwich can be the perfect meal and so far all these sandwiches hit the mark, sometimes you just want more to bite into than a salad;-)

  5. WOW! I am so impressed. I prepared the sauce, patties, and onion tonight for breakfast tomorrow. I can’t wait to wake up. 🙂

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