Tuesday, October 14, 2008
VeganMofo: Philly Cheesesteak
I went vegetarian when I was still in high school, then vegan about ten years later. Before I was vegetarian, my food choices were typical of an American, southern kid. Fried chicken, pork chops, steak, hamburgers, pepperoni pizza, pot roast, and beef chili were among the standards in our house. Even my first few years as a teen vegetarian consisted mostly of Taco Bell bean burritos or peanut butter sammichs with potato chips. Health was not my main concern, for sure.
Many years later, here I am. There's hardly a vegetable I won't eat and enjoy, and my "typical" foods are more varied and healthy. But every now and then I get a craving for something I never tried before going veg. I think I mentioned here recently that I never had a traditional, non-vegan version of chicken and waffles. I've also never had "real" buffalo wings, or a Philly cheesesteak.
So here's my first Philly cheesesteak. I have no idea if it tasted authentic or not, but I do know it was sufficiently full of fat, and tasted great. I won't bother with posting a recipe, since it's just a bunch of tasty shit thrown together. I just toasted a couple of demi baguettes under the broiler, and melted some vegan cheese on the inside. Then I slathered the baguettes with Vegenaise, and topped it with a combination of Soy Curls hydrated and cooked with green peppers, onions, and a bit of vegan steak sauce.
Eat, enjoy, and feel bloated after.