A few weeks ago, The Huffington Post crowned "America's Top 10 New Sandwiches," with a slideshow of meaty, artery-clogging, death-on-a-bun creations. This sandwich bonanza caught the eye of fellow blogger Namely Marly, who had the brilliant idea of inviting several people to veganize each of the 10 sandwiches in order to offer up even more delicious, healthier versions of the originals. I was honored to be asked to participate in this challenge, and the sandwich I had the luck to veganize was Bakesale Betty's Fried Chicken Sandwich from Oakland, CA.
I did some research and this fried chicken sandwich from Bakesale Betty's is indeed a phenomenon. It's been featured on Serious Eats and the BA Foodist blog, both of which claim that people line up down the street for these things just like they do at Magnolia for cupcakes. (Those silly fools should go to Babycakes instead! There's no line there and their cupcakes are much more delicious, and all vegan to boot!)
But back to these fried chicken sandwiches. As you might remember, I recently tried out the most amazing recipe from Chef Art Smith for Gardein's Vegan Fried Chick'n. Of course I used this as the base for my sandwich, and lucky for me, the recipe for the actual Bakesale Betty's Fried Chicken Sandwich is widely available online, so I used that for the coleslaw and vinaigrette that make the sandwich complete. Fried chick'n with a nice, light, acidic coleslaw is actually a great idea, whether you're having a picnic or a sandwich at home, and I was delighted at how delicious and indulgent my vegan version turned out to be. The coleslaw is a combination of cabbage, red onion, jalapenos, and fresh parsley, tossed with dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. It is a wonderful alternative to the usual mayonnaise-based coleslaws, and has just the right amount of heat and zinginess to counter the heaviness of the fried chick'n, and just enough moisture to keep the sandwich from being dry. All together, a most delicious combination.
For the entire recipe, make sure to check out the full post on Namely Marly. Spring is finally smiling upon us, so make some of these sandwiches and take them to your nearest park to enjoy!