The Dagwood Sandwich

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Sunday mornings at the Winebrenner house were reserved either for Sunday school and church or a stay home day (when 1 or both parents were more comfy at home) cuddled on the couch for extended mornings in pajamas.  If church wasn’t on the menu my Mom, Dad and I would spend a leisurely morning in comfy clothes, enjoying a long drawn out breakfast and watching endless hours (or at least it seemed to a 10 yr old kid) of boring old black and white movies.  TCM and AMC ran all morning long, filled with images of Betty Davis, Cary Grant, Natalie Wood, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart and Judy Garland (oh yea parents, I know all these people!).

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dagwood sandwich, vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian club, vegetarian recipes My parents are obsessed.  Seriously.  There were the occasional few movies – an Alfred Hitchcock film here and there – that I did enjoy.  However, mostly I thought black and white movies and shows were melodramatic and unexciting.  I get more enjoyment out of them now, but I think it has to do more with the memory of family mornings than an actual appreciation for 1940’s film.

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dagwood sandwich, vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian club, vegetarian recipes This past weekend I woke up to a rainy and yucky Sunday morning.  I knew it, even before I called, that my Dad was perched on the right side of the couch (his side), under a blanket and immersed in one of his favorite Sunday morning black and white specials.  It’s a rainy Sunday, Mom’s out of town, Dad’s watching black and white movies at home.  That’s just how it is.  And I was so right!

dagwood sandwich, vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian club, vegetarian recipes He reminded me of a show we used to watch together – Blondie and Dagwood.  Ya know, black and white of course. Did anyone else ever watch this?  I barely remember the show.  But it was one of those “all American” pieces showcasing a generic family – two kids and a dog named Daisy.  I remember the dog (we named our dog after her) and this ridiculous sandwich that Dagwood, the father, would make.  I always thought it looked SO good.  Tons of layers!  And he’d load it up with anything he could find in their fridge.

dagwood sandwich, vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian club, vegetarian recipes Dagwood loved his sandwiches.  And so do I!  A big thick sandwich is definitely my all time favorite lunch (or dinner) in the world.  I don’t know what is!  But mounds of filling stuffed between two pieces of bread.  It’s just delicious genius!  Though in the past, I thought it was hard to have the same “delicious genius” apply to vegetarian sandwiches.  PB & J is not all that exciting and grilled cheese gets old quick.

dagwood sandwich, vegetarian sandwiches, vegetarian club, vegetarian recipes But what about a triple decker, Dagwood-esque sandwich?  Filled with tons of veggies, a creamy basil mayo, all layered between 3 hearty slices of multigrain bread.  This is delicious genius at it’s best!  This monster of  a sandwich can be tailored to your favorite vegetables, whatever leftovers you have in the fridge and still keep you full from lunch ’til dinner.  With this Vegetarian Dagwood Sandwich, you’re everyday sandwich gets upgraded!

The Vegetarian Dagwood:
Ingredients:

  • Basil Cashew Cream Sauce:
    • 1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked over night and drained of soaking water
    • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
    • 1 small clove of garlic
    • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast – optional
    • 1/2-1 cup hot water
  • 3 slices Paleo Bread (from a Tasty Love Story)
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1/4 fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 roasted red pepper slices
  • 1/4 thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 small avocado, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients of the cashew cream except the water to a high powered blender or food processor.  Begin blending and slowly drizzle in the hot water.  Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl every few seconds and check for consistency.  Aim for a pancake batter like consistency.  Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To assemble the sandwich, lay out all 3 layers of bread and top with a little bit of the cashew cream.
  3. On the first slice, add a layer of spinach followed by tomatoes and red onion.  Add on another slice of cashew cream smeared bread.
  4. Continue with a layer of avocado followed by a few red pepper slices.  Top with the remaining slice of bread (cashew cream side down).  You may need a tooth pick to hold it all together!

You tell me!  Whats your favorite sandwich?  Do you have a favorite veggie sandwich filling?

2 Comments

  1. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    September 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    My dad always watched those movies too and I found them to be soooo boring. 🙂 I don’t remember Blondie and Dagwood, but I can still have a sandwich, right?!

    • mewinebrenner

      September 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

      For sure!!! It’s so good biting into a big sandwich stuffed with veggies!! I have this for lunch today!

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