Homemade Sandwich Rolls

 

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Ever decide on a meal for dinner only to realize you are missing one crucial ingredient? That always creates a huge dilemma for me- a long internal battle of whether or not I make the dish and go to the store, or simply make a new dish all together!

This exact scenario occurred last week when I proposed vegetarian sloppy Joes, only to realize I did not have any bread in the house (who doesn’t have bread in the house?!). My genius boyfriend came to the rescue, found this recipe, and in no time we were enjoying warm, fresh out of the oven, sandwich rolls. I swear they made those sloppy Joes seem like they belonged to a fine-dinning establishment and not some college kid’s kitchen.

Whether or not you enjoy these rolls with jam and butter, or at the book ends of a sandwich, the little bit of prep work is definitely worth it. Loosing the preservatives and being able to pull these soft warm rolls right out of the oven will make you never want to buy sandwich buns again.

Try them. I dare you.

Happy baking!

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the yeast, water, oil, and sugar. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes, or until it is clear the yeast has risen.
  3. Add the egg, salt, and the flour (only add enough flour to form a soft dough, use your judgment).
  4. On a clean, dry, and lightly floured surface, knead the bread until a smooth and elastic ball (about 3- 5 minutes worth).
  5. Do not let the dough rise, but immediately dive the dough into 12 even pieces.
  6. Shape each dough piece into a circle, slightly pushed down (this will help prevent the rolls from being extremely tall and narrow, which is difficult if using for sandwich bread), and arrange about 3 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  7. Cover the dough and let rest for ten minutes.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

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Happy day after Earth day! I decided yesterday that Earth day is in my top  favorite holidays. I know Earth day typically is not full of tradition or family celebration, and that that probably makes me sound like a tree-huggin’ hippie, but I’m really ok with that.

The more I learn about the environment and the Earth, the more I want to learn and the more conscious I am of it. Concern for the environment and a desire to be active in my care for it, is one of the primary reasons I created this blog, and is the primary reasons I became a vegetarian several years ago. (Didn’t know that? Check out the About page!)

This year, in honor of Earth day, I visited a few different farmer’s markets in my area, which was a blast. (Did you know that local honey is good for your allergies? That’s a perfect thing to get at your local farmer’s market! Check it out!) I also planted some herbs in some new flower boxes I got for my little urban porch, which I am stoked about! Hopefully this summer I will have lots of recipes featuring fresh herbs from my own flower boxes. Fingers crossed!

Now, in honor of Earth day, I present you with one delicious and simple vegetarian meal.  One of the beauties of a vegetarian diet, is that the re-creation of typical meat recipes are often significantly healthier for you than their original meat counterparts! Take this recipe for example. A typical sloppy joe recipe is made of ground beef. By replacing the beef with vegetables and beans, you are able to significantly decrease your saturated fat intake without losing any of the protein or flavor. Another benefit- it’s better for the environment! Also, stay tuned for the delicious homemade sandwich bun recipe seen in these pictures- coming soon!

Happy earth day, and happy cooking!

– sarah

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Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 3 cups cooked beans (I used red beans and kidney beans!)
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes, roughly chopped, reserve the juice
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato juice (reserved from canned tomatoes)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (look for one without anchovies!)
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Sandwich buns

Directions:

  1. In a large and deep frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once warm, add the onion and celery and cook for about five minutes.
  2. Add the beans, tomatoes, sauces, and spices to the pan, mix thoroughly, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Serve hot on pieces of whole wheat bread or sandwich buns. Enjoy!

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