It’s a Veggie Po Boy, Y’all!

In our quest to keep exploring new places, my husband and I popped down to New Orleans to spend the winter months. And we arrived just in time because it is -1F in our home base of Denver today. One of the first questions people asked me when I told them we were headed to New Orleans was “oooh! are you excited to try all of that cajun food?” Which was tough to answer because 1) I’m kind of allergic to sea food and 2) deep fried is not my thang. So why in the hell did we decide to go to New Orleans if we’re not going to have pralines and prawns? Apparently it’s for the vegan gumbo and the po boy bread.

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival where every vendor featured vegan gumbo. Craziness!

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival where every vendor featured vegan gumbo. Craziness!

So after spending all of Saturday sampling vegan versions of gumbo in Treme in the crisp fall air, we rode our bikes home, took hot showers, and settled in to watch a movie. Then about 20 minutes in, I decided that somehow, somehow, I was hungry. I headed down to the grocery store to get the fixins for exactly what I needed: greens, vegetables, cheese, and bread. And when I came home, I made us amazing veggie po boys. They’re light, crispy, and oh so satisfying.

What You Need

  • a loaf of po boy bread or a baguette, cut into about 6-inch segments
  • a cucumber
  • sliced cheese of your choice (I like pepper jack)
  • mixed salad greens (I like baby spinach, baby kale, and chard)
  • a couple of vine tomatoes
  • thinly sliced onion
  • a red bell pepper
  • a few pickled banana pepper rings

What You Do

  1. Turn your oven onto broil
  2. Cut your bread into 6″ lengths, then cut it open
  3. Place both side face up on a baking tray and top both pieces of bread with cheese and banana peppers
  4. Broil for just a few minutes while you prep the other vegetables
  5. Thinly slice your cucumbers and bell pepper
  6. Check your bread
  7. Thinly slice your tomatoes and onion
  8. Prep your greens
  9. Check your bread
  10. When the bread and cheese are getting all goldeny and delicious, pull them out
  11. Top with all of your vegetables, then close the lid
  12. Enjoy with a side of chips
An array of sliced vegetables (for 2 sandwiches)

An array of sliced vegetables (for 2 sandwiches)

See those dark edges? That's what happens when your husband distracts you. But as it turns out, the sandwich was still delicious!

See those dark edges? That’s what happens when your husband distracts you. But as it turns out, the sandwich was still delicious!

Ain't she purdy? Soooo good.

Ain’t she purdy? Soooo good.

 

 

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