VEGAN CRISPY LEEK-MUSHROOM MANIA SANDWICHES

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

FOR SPREAD

¼ cup vegan mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chopped moist sun-dried tomatoes

1 tablespoon chopped red onion

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

FOR MUSHROOMS

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed, sliced

1 pound mushrooms of choice, sliced

¼ teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon lemon pepper

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon tamari

Salt, to taste

FOR CRISPY LEEKS

2 leeks, white part only, washed, patted dry, and sliced into ¼-inch rounds for a total of 1 cup

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon lemon pepper

¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Canola oil, for cooking

FOR SANDWICHES

4 slices bread, toasted

Directions

To make The spread: Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.

To make The mushrooms: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms are softened and have released their juices. Add the thyme, lemon pepper, black pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and tamari. Increase the heat to high and cook for 4 minutes, or until most of the liquid has either been absorbed or cooked off. Season with salt to taste.

To make The leeks: In a medium-size bowl, combine the leeks, flour, lemon pepper, and salt. Toss to coat. Line a  plate with paper towels. In a large skillet, heat about ½ inch canola oil over medium heat. Cooking in batches, add half the leeks. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden. Do not burn. Remove from the skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on the paper towels. Repeat with the second batch.

To assemble The sandwiches: Spread the mayonnaise blend on one side of each piece of toast. Top with the mushrooms and the leeks, and serve.

Jason

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