3.17.2011

roly poly sandwiches

Here is a delicious concept for a restaurant: wraps. Not just ordinary wraps, but grilled panini-style wraps. That is Roly Poly Sandwiches. The fillings are fresh (I'm only counting the veggies, folks) and the creativity is great.

When we lived in Dallas, we lived near a Roly Poly, hence my initiation to the sandwich shop. Naturally, the pickings were slim for a vegan, and most of the sandwiches had to be taken home to 'doctor', but that was the way to discover the ins and outs of the roly magic.

Since it is much more economical to make one of these at home than to pay full price for a quarter of the fillings, we have been making these Roly sandwiches in our kitchen for years.

The method is really simple: go to their website, find a sandwich you would like to have, sub the meat for the optimal veggie ingredient, roll, grill in a cast iron pan with another pan over it, flip and repeat. Dig in.

I chose to make #71, Chipotle Chicken, using a veggie burger for the chicken. Tender Seitan cutlets would have worked even better, but you work with what you have. I used Tofu Bacon for the bacon (Fakin' Bakin' would have been nice, too), Daiya for the cheeses, veganaise mixed with enough chipotle adobo sauce for my taste (a lot!) and used some vegan ranch I had in the fridge.

There were a few reasons I chose to make this sandwich: one, I love chipotle; two, I had a burger in the freezer; three, I had made BLT's a few days before and had some of the tofu bacon left; four, there was vegan ranch in the fridge as well. See? I only had to make the chipotle veganaise.

Kate's sandwich was #13, Hot Honey. I used Tofurkey slices, Daiya, Tofu Bacon, tomato slices (use the sun-dried if you have it) and skipped the spinach. For the Honey Mustard Sauce, mix some maple syrup with a little Dijon mustard and veganaise.


Cost Breakdown:

wraps: $.50
burger, Tofurkey: $2
Daiya: $.50
tomato, spinach, chipotle: $1
veganaise, Dijon, maple: $.50
tofu bacon: $.50
Total to make 2 sandwiches:
$5.00



#71 - Chipotle 'Chicken'


#13 - Hot Honey, without spinach


6 comments:

  1. Homemade Roly Poly is a great idea! I wasn't yet vegetarian when they opened up in my hometown, and I went there at least once a week.

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  2. The chipotle chicken sandwich looks really amazing!

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  3. Do you just smush the sandwich between the two skillets (a small one inside a larger one)?

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  4. Thanks, Erin and Mihl.

    I'Asha, yes, the two skillets act as a panini press, so if you have one of those, use that instead.

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  5. Sounds like a great method! I will definitely try it out.

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  6. Beautiful sandwiches. Roly Poly sounds like a great place.

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