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Grilled Soy Sausage Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions

I love these vegan sandwiches. They are appealing to even the most committed carnivores. Richly flavored and satisfying, these sandwiches make a great lunch, with a crisp fresh salad on the side.

Extra virgin olive oil
6-8 yellow onions, thinly sliced into half-moon pieces
sea salt
1 tablespoon barley malt
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
8 ounces vegan soy sausage, rolled into 3-inch logs
4-8 thick slices whole grain, sourdough bread
stoneground mustard
2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced

Place 2 tablespoons oil in a deep skillet and turn heat to medium. Sautee onions, with a generous pinch of salt until they begin to wilt. Stir in barley malt and caraway seeds, season lightly with salt and cook until onions are quite limp and browned, as long as 25 minutes, stirring frequently.

When the onions are almost ready, prepare the sausage. Place a generous amount of oil in a skillet and turn heat to medium. Add sausage logs and cook, turning frequently, browning them evenly. Remove from pan and allow to cool slightly so you can handle them.

Lay bread on a dry work surface. Spread mustard on half the slices and lay tomato slices on top of the mustard. Slice the sausage logs in half lengthwise and lay them on top of the tomatoes. Lay remaining bread slices on top and cut in half diagonally. 

Makes 2-4 sandwiches.


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