Curried Tofu and Butternut Squash Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Spicy Vegan Feta Aioli
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
  • For the caramelized onions
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • For the butternut squash
  • ½ butternut squash
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • For the tofu
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, pressed and drained
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • For the sandwich
  • ⅓ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup vegan feta cheese
  • 2-3 tsp. hot sauce
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 8 slices gluten-free bread
  • Lettuce
  1. To make the caramelized onions: In a skillet or deep saute pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions to the pan and cook, tossing frequently, until they just start to soften, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring frequently, while the onions shrink in size and soften. You do not want them to turn brown. Cover the pan to help them along. It should take about 30 minutes for the onions to become shrunken, soft and sweet. When they are done, transfer them to a bowl and set aside.
  2. To make the butternut squash: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the butternut squash. Cut the squash in half so that you separate the long neck from the round part of the squash. We will only use the long part; you can chop the round part into cubes and freeze for later use. Cut the tip off the neck of the squash and then cut the neck into 4 slices. If you are using a really big squash, you can cut the neck into 8 thinner slices. Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the slices with oil and season with the curry powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Roast the squash until browned and tender, about 20 minutes, flipping the slices halfway through. You want the squash to be tender but not super-soft. When it’s done, remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. To make the tofu: Cut the block of tofu in half, width-wise, and then cut each half into 4 slices for a total of 8 thin slices. Place the flour in a shallow dish or bowl and season with the curry powder and salt. Lightly coat the tofu slices in the seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the tofu slices in the skillet until browned and crisp, about 4 minutes per side. You will need to cook the tofu in batches. Transfer the tofu to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  4. To make the aioli: In a small bowl, mix the mayo and the tofu feta. Stir in the hot sauce and taste for seasoning adjustments. Add salt if necessary. Toast the bread to your desired crispness.
  5. To assemble the sandwiches: Slather the aioli on the toasted bread. On one slice of bread, layer the lettuce, a slice of butternut squash, two slices of tofu and the caramelized onions. Top with another slice of bread. Repeat to make the remaining sandwiches.
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