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East Meets South Avocado Sandwiches

March 29, 2012

We love avocado sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Typically we keep them simple with just tomatoes, lettuce, Veganaise, salt, and pepper. But recently we’ve gotten a little more creative and flavor-forward.

I know it sounds strange to put seaweed on a sandwich. I also know that this mayonnaise mixture tastes too strong on its own. But, the savory seaweed combines so nicely with the smooth avocado in each bite, and the salty punch of the spread along with the fresh lemon juice liven up the rest of the otherwise relatively tame layers. I’d advise not skipping the lemon juice. It really adds that extra something.

Seaweed Avocado Sandwich

2 pieces sprouted grain bread

1 and 1/2 Tbsp. Veganaise or other mayonnaise product

generous 1/4 tsp. miso paste

3/4 tsp. sesame seeds

1 and 1/2 tsp. mirin

1/2 sheet sushi nori, cut in half to make two bread-sized rectangles

1/2 avocado, sliced

1/2 tomato, sliced

1/4 lemon

cucumber slices (optional)

small handful of spring mix

black or white pepper (optional)

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1. Toast your bread.

2. Stir together the mayo, miso, sesame seeds, and mirin. The mixture will be thin.

3. Spread the sauce on both pieces of bread, and build your sandwich in between with the remaining ingredients. Squeeze the juice from the lemon wedge directly on top of your vegetables before topping with the other slice of bread. (You could also mix the lemon juice into the Veganaise mixture, but then it would be even more liquidy.)

Makes 1 sandwich.

This second play on an avocado sandwich is inspired by both Louisiana cuisine and my sister, who sprinkles Creole seasoning straight onto her avocados. Is Creole seasoning readily available across the country? My local Publix stocks about 8 different brands, and if my sister got some in California, I assume it will be easy for all of you to find too? If not, there are some recipes online of how to make your own, but the one I bought looks simpler than these. Mixed with mayonnaise, it adds interest to the basic avocado sandwich and creates an exciting flavor punch.

Avocado Sandwich with Creole Seasoning

2 pieces of sprouted grain bread

1 and 1/2 Tbsp. Veganaise or other mayonnaise product

Creole seasoning to taste

1/2 avocado, sliced

1/2 tomato, sliced

small handful of spring mix

finely ground sea salt (optional)

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1. Toast your bread.

2. Stir together Veganaise and Creole seasoning to suit your taste. Don’t be shy with the Creole- remember you are seasoning bread, avocado, lettuce, and tomato with the amounts you’re stirring into your mayo, so if you don’t mix it pretty strong it will get lost in the shuffle.

3. Spread the mayo mixture on the bread, and build your sandwich by layering on the avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Add salt if desired.

Makes 1 whole sandwich.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sonnet April 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

This is such a great idea! I never thought to add nori to a sandwich! Yum! :)

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Sharon April 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

Me neither until recently, but it really blends in well and adds a little extra something to the usual suspect sandwich toppings! Hope you like it if you try it. Thank you for visiting, and for your feedback! Your blog gave me so many great ideas, I am happy to return the favor. :)

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