Thai Fusion Sandwich

*Warning* This sandwich is extremely addicting. I have already eaten four of them in the last two days! … and the night is still young!

– Rosemary

Thai Fusion Sandwich

Ingredients (makes 2):

2 dried Thai chili peppers (optional)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel or 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon agave nectar
4 oz tempeh, cut into thin slices
French baguette
2-4 tablespoons Vegenaise (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (to taste)
juice of 1/2 lime

Directions:

Tempeh: Add toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, orange peel, agave, and Thai chili peppers to a frying pan or cast iron skillet. Heat until warm. Add sliced tempeh, making sure to coat on both sides with oil mixture. Sautée on medium heat for several minutes (about 2-4) on each side until lightly browned.

Remove from heat while you prepare the rest of the sandwich.

Sandwich: Cut baguette into six-inch segments. Slice two in half lengthwise. Layer lettuce and cilantro on the bottom half of the baguette (if you love cilantro as much as I do, you can jettison the lettuce altogether). Mix Vegenaise with chipotle chili powder in small bowl and then spread desired amount on top half of baguette.

Layer tempeh on top of the lettuce and cilantro. (Leave the chili peppers in the pan!) Squeeze lime juice onto the tempeh and close the sandwich. Enjoy!

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