Let’s talk about what you don’t need in order to create a vegan melt sandwich.
- Cheese. Obviously, that one’s a no brainer. It’s vegan.
- Fake cheese. This one’s not so obvious, but trust me, you don’t need it, and when I made this sandwich I wanted to avoid it because (a) I’m generally not too fond of store bought premade vegan cheese, and (2) homemade vegan cheese is a bit of a project.
So, what do I use instead of cheese? Avocados! They’re perfect…rich, creamy, melty when heated, and even better than any real or fake cheese because they’re green. You gotta love a green panini, right?
This type of sandwich is totally customizable. For my take on the vegan avocado melt, I opted to include cilantro, red pepper slices and coconut bacon. I’m such a sucker for coconut bacon and I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t already. I make my own, but in the spirit of keeping thing simple, feel free to buy it premade, which you can usually do at a natural food store or online.
I also added a bit of lime juice to balance out the avocado. Mashed up with the lime and some salt and pepper, avocado becomes your perfect, tangy, creamy melt sandwich base.
- 1 avocado
- juice of 1 lime
- dash salt
- dash pepper
- 4 slices sandwich bread
- ¼ cup coconut bacon
- 4-6 jarred roasted red pepper slices
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- about 2 tsp. olive oil
- Mash avocado lightly with a fork. Add lime juice, salt and pepper and mash a bit more to blend.
- Divide avocado mixture in two and spread over two slices of sandwich bread.
- Top avocado mixture with coconut bacon, red pepper slices and cilantro. Top each sandwich with one of your remaining bread slices to close.
- Coat a large skillet with olive oil and place over medium heat.
- Place sandwiches in skillet and cook until browned on each side, about five minutes per side.