Vegan French Dip
The History Behind the Dip
As a kid, I'd never really had a french dip. It was never something my family made at home. In restaurants, I would see it on the menu but I would never get it. Because as a kid I never really knew what it was, so I never ordered it. Especially when my childhood favorites like chicken fingers or bacon cheeseburgers were on the menu. So to say the least, french dips were never a high priority for me when I was younger.
One day, I went out of town with some family and we stopped to have lunch at a small local cafe. It was a cute little sandwich place right on the beach. Normally at sandwich shops, I would always get a tuna sandwich. However, this day I was feeling courageous and went for a BLT that my mom highly recommended. Which I really liked, but I learned fast that even though BLT's are delicious they are not really filling. On the other side of the table one of my family members ordered the french dip, it looked interesting so I asked to try it. At first, I wasn't sure about it, but after awhile they got full and gave me the second half to finish. I ate the rest and really enjoyed it. After the cafe, though, I never really had it again before going vegan.
I'm a creature of habit, but I have my days where I feel like mixing it up. So normally at my favorite vegan restaurant Cornbread Cafe, I would always order fried tofu and country fried gravy. One day I went there on a whim. Since I hadn't planned on going there that day, I decided to order something new. My eye's landed on the french dip, so I went for it. I got it to-go so that I could take it to work. When I got to work I sat down and opened my sandwich and was hit with a divine smell. I took my first bite and was in love immediately. The french dip fast became my favorite thing on their menu. I would go and get a french dip at least once every two weeks.
Then I moved to a connecting town which put a damper on my ritual Cornbread Cafe time. So I started working on making my own french dip. I needed to make something to satisfy my cravings from home. I definitely haven't gotten as good as Cornbread Cafe's, because their french dip is to die for, but I really enjoy the one I've created. It's a fast, simple, and delicious recipe.
Time to Get Baked
- Packaged seitan or homemade seitan
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 tsp of liquid smoke
- Dash of steak seasoning
- Salt and Pepper
- Hoagie roll
- Oil for the pan
- Cut seitan into strips
- In a frying pan heat up some oil and app liquid smoke
- Fry up your seitan adding the season while cooking
- When seitan is cooked add the broth and bring to a slow simmer
- While the seitan is simmering in a smaller frying pan add some butter to the pan and place the hoagie roll face down to toast.
- Then add the seitan to the toasted hoagie roll spooning a little bit of liquid over the seitan and bread.
- Then pour some of the liquid into a bowl for the dip
- Dip and enjoy