Recently, on my blog feed, someone requested a Po Boy Sandwich Recipe veganized. So, after some experimentation, I decided to transform cauliflower into vegan mock shrimp. Although I've made Vegan Crab Cakes from tofu, I chose cauliflower as my inspiration to make it crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I love cooking Buffalo Cauliflower, so why not make a Louisanna creole cauliflower to replace the shrimp?
A traditional Po Boy sandwich, although simple in execution, requires very few ingredients. The combination of the few ingredients, however, tastes incredible. As with many of my sandwiches, I removed the excess bread from the center of the french loaf for an extra-crunchy exterior. Not only does this reduce the number of carbs in a sandwich, but it provides more room for the goodies inside.
What is a Po Boy Sandwich?
A po'boy (also PO-boy, PO boy, or poor boy) is a traditional sandwich from Louisiana. It almost always consists of meat, usually roast beef or fried seafood, often shrimp, crawfish, fish, oysters, or crab served on New Orleans French bread.
Obviously, my Vegan Po Boy Sandwich packed with cauliflower, and other whole-food ingredients also are baked rather than fried. And, my version also contains a secret vegan creole cashew mayo that brings it all together.
Why is it called a Po Boy Sandwich?
During the Street Car Driver's Strike of 1929, the Martin brothers invented the PO-boy sandwich, feeding hungry strikers. These hearty, large sandwiches provided the men with a satisfying meal.
Then, when strikers approached to buy the sandwiches, they yelled out, “here comes another poor boy.” As a result, this popular sandwich developed into a New Orleans tradition!
How to make the crunchy cauliflower mock shrimp
In my opinion, cauliflower makes the perfect vegan meat replacement. First, cauliflower absorbs flavors and textures. For that reason, baking or air-frying cauliflower with oil-free breading creates the perfect mock shrimp.
What ingredients are in cauliflower mock shrimp?
- Cauliflower florets
- Oat milk (or unsweetened, unflavored plant-milk of choice) (Bowl #1)
- Garbanzo flour)(chickpea) or flour of choice (Bowl #2)
- Bread crumbs (homemade or store-bought) (Bowl #3 Combine the remaining ingredients)
- Nutritional yeast
- Creole seasoning (I used Old Bay Seasoning)
Three separate dipping bowls are the difference between crunchy cauliflower and soggy cauliflower.
After removing the core from the cauliflower, cut it into bite-sized florets.
Then, it's all about dredging; dip a cauliflower floret into the plant milk, then the flour, back in the plant milk, and finish in the bread crumb mixture. Once dipped, spread the cauliflower on a single layer on a prepared baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes
- Or air-fry in a single layer bathes at 370 degrees for 15 minutes
The other ingredients in the Po Boy Sandwich
- French bread
- Dill Pickle Sandwich Slices (called sandwich stackers)
- White onion
- Romaine Lettuce
Often, people ask where to find vegan or oil-free bread. Most bread is vegan; however, not all bread is oil-free. But, what most people don't know is the bakery section at the regular grocery store carries a ton of oil-free bread options. Skip the bread aisle, where the processed bread is located.
If you read the labels, most fresh-baked bread only contains flour, yeast, and water.
The secret to a great Po Boy Sandwich Recipe is the creole sauce.
First, begin with Vegan Cashew Mayo, add a few more ingredients, and achieve an incredible sandwich spread!
- Vegan Cashew Mayo, tofu mayo, or vegan mayo of choice
- Dijon Mustard
- Creole Seasoning ( I used Old Bay Seasoning)
Making the Po Boy is easy!
Begin by cutting the french bread lengthwise. Next, pull some additional bread from the interior of the French Bread. But be careful not to break through the crust. Then, broil on low in the oven for 5 minutes, carefully watching to avoid burning.
- Spread of thin layer of creole mayo on both sides of the french bread
- Add a generous portion of cauliflower to the bottom of the french bread
- On the other side of the bread, add lettuce, three slices of tomatoes, onions slivers, and two stackable sandwich pickles.
- If you dare, add a little more vegan creole mayo
- Fold and cut in half or in pieces if using a long loaf of French bread instead of individual loaves.
- Now, take a bite and try not to say, "WOW!"
So, the next time you're craving a Po Boy, try a vegan Po Boy Sandwich to die for!
Vegan Sandwich lovers? We've got you covered!
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Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂