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Pimento Cheese Vegetarian Reuben

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July  1, 2019
Photo by jodiloves
Author Notes

I have created a vegetarian tempeh reuben sandwich. A traditional reuben can cost you upwards of 24 WW points or 900 calories (and that doesn’t include the beer, fries and ketchup). My reuben has all the same flavors, but has tempeh instead of beef and low fat pimento cheese. Serve this sandwich with 1 cup of Trader Joe's Popcorn and a pickle for 2 WW points. —jodiloves

  • Prep time 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of pumpernickel bread
  • I can’t believe it’s not butter spray
  • 1 cup Sauerkraut
  • 2 cups shredded 2% extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces ounces lite cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/8 cups cup lite mayonnaise, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon cayenne red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon Mrs. Dash Table Seasoning
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained, divided
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon shallots, chopped small, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of chili powder
  • chives to garnish
  • 1 1/8 cups Worcestershire sauce, divided
  • 1 8 oz package of tempeh, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup pickled beet juice
  • 1 cup water
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. To make the Pimento Cheese combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, 1/2 cup of lite mayo, cayenne pepper, onion powder, Mrs. Dash, and 4 ounce jar of pimentos (minus 1/4 TSP for dressing) until completely combined. Set aside.
  2. To make the Thousand Island Dressing, mix 2/3 C of lite mayo, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, shallots, relish, salt, chili powder, 1/4 TSP pimentos, chives and 1/2 TSP Worcestershire sauce until combined. Set aside.
  3. To make the Tempeh, slice into thin strips and place in a medium shallow dish. Combine pickled beet juice, 1 cup of Worcestershire sauce, shallot and water and add to tempeh. Allow to marinate for 2 hours. Drain the marinade from the tempeh. Heat large pan over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick spray and add tempeh. Cook tempeh for 4-5 minutes, flip and add 1/3 of Worcestershire/ beet sauce. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. To assemble the sandwiches, place a piece of parchment paper on your work surface, spray one side of each piece of bread with butter spray, flip the buttered sides so they face down on the parchment paper. On one side of the bread, spread 1/8 cup of Pimento Cheese Spread, top with 1/4 of the cooked Tempeh and 1/4 cup of sauerkraut. On the other slice of bread, spread 2 TBSP of the Thousand Island Dressing.
  5. Heat large pan with non-stick spray over medium heat. Place assembled sandwiches in pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side. Slice each sandwich in half and serve with chips or popcorn and a dill pickle.
  6. *You will have left-over Pimento Cheese Spread which would be great for snack with carrots, cucumbers and celery. Use left-over Thousand Island Dressing for salads or sandwiches.

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