Freshie’s Sandwich

Freshies Restaurant, Lake Tahoe, CA – Its where I got my inspiration for this sandwich. It is a small, simple restaurant with Hawaiian flare. The staff were friendly and were happy to substitute any meat recipe with tofu or tempeh. I had a “fish” taco while G had “Folsom Philly”. When we both were expecting a bland, oily soy product with little flavour, the meal that arrived on our table took us by surprise. The bold flavour and the creativity on the plate still lingers in my memory.

I was particularly interested in G’s order (happens all the time), whose sandwich didn’t have tofu but veggie burger patty. It was sautéed with jerk-seasoning making it crispy and spicy. I don’t have jerk-seasoning at home. But I have recreated the dish from my memory by combining Indian spices.


Frozen burger patty – 2, Morningstar Farm's or Boca
Coriander powder – ¾ tsp
Jeera powder – a pinch
Curry powder – 1 tsp
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Pepper – 4 or 5, coarsely crushed


I find using the burger patties straight from the freezer makes it easy to cut and coat with spices. I also prefer Morningstar Garden Veggie Pattie because of its not-so-soy flavour.

Cut the unthawed burger patties into cubes. Mix all the spice powders in a bowl. Toss the burger cubes in the spice mix.

Heat a tsp of oil in a sauté pan, and sauté the patty cubes until they are toasted and the spice mix has lost its raw flavour.

I serve this over toasted Hawaiian sweet bread which complements the spicy filling.


Freshie's sandwich with cucumber raita - Light lunch on a hot summer day.


archana said...

Hi Suganya,
Thanks for visiting my blog :)
I liked the idea of making these sandwiches with patty cubes. I will be able to make this with ingredients available here. But what is jerk seasoning?

Unknown said...

Hi Suganya,
I love your blog......spice cubed patties ..sounds delicoius and different. Have to try it once.
Thanks for the recipe.

TheCooker said...

What a great idea!
We ate at Freshies last year...loved the place.

Viji said...

A nice twist and as usual awesome picture Suganya. Viji

TNL said...

That is such a great recipe....I'd love this at a picnic....Hawaiian Sweet bread is such a nice option than the regular bread! I love the sweet rolls too!

looks lovely~


Sia said...

interesting twist to good old burgers... i am tired of eating same veg burger and this seems quite different and delicious... thank u for this recipe suganya..
girl, with ur permission i would like to add ur blog to my blogroll:)

Richa said...

hey, liked ur idea of desifying(!) the patty :)

Anonymous said...

Whenever we are out eating, I always end up liking what is on satish's plate. Good to know there are others like me.

FH said...

I love Boca veggie burgers too! Very clever to make it this way Suganya!:))
Looks yummy.Jerk seasoning,I add to everything!;D

Cynthia said...

It is 12.30 p.m. here. I am hungry. I do not plan to cook today. Will have to heat up something from the fridge. So, can you send me that burger in the pic? :) I am serious.

As always, it is a pleasure coming here.

Mandira said...

the sandwich looks delicious. Great idea for a light lunch!

Suganya said...

Archana, Check Wiki for jerk seasoning.

Cooker, We loved the place too.

Madhu, Viji, Richa Thanks!

Trupthi, You are right. This is a perfect picnic lunch. Thx for the idea :)

Sia, I should thank you for adding me to yr blogroll. Am happy that you find my blog interesting!

Gini, I don't know why.. But its always, "God, I should have ordered that".

Asha, I would love to learn vegetarian recipes with jerk-seasoning. I know it goes well with chicken.

Cynthia, I would love to send you this burger.. If I am cooking for you, Why a burger? I would do more! I could have met you if I had come for the Cricket World Cup.

Sia said...

interesting??? girl, u must be kidding!!! i meant i love, adore ur blog:)

Seema Bhat said...

Oh my gosh!!!! How could I miss out such a beautiful blog till day??? Thanx to your comment on my blog which lead me to yours. I must say you have done an excellent job in creating such a beautiful blg Suganya. Loved it very very much. Each and every recipes are so very interesting and the presentation need I say anything? Lovely photography!!! Will add you to my blogroll. I hope you don't mind.

Jyothi said...

Hi Suganya! lovely blog. yours sandwich looks great and yummy too. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for dropping at my blog. Keep on visiting... :)

indosungod said...

Suganya, the picture looks lovely.
What a creative way to cook those frozen bland veggie patties! I have few lying in my freezer too. I never knew they could be made into something so yummy.

Kajal said...

Hey Suganya,
Thanks for visiting my blog.:)))
This is perfect lunch on a hot summer day with cucumber raita.
Perfect photo with excellent work.
Keep it up, thanks for sharing nice simple idea, love to eat every one.:)

Latha said...

Oh my how innovative and delicious looking! Love your pics Suganya! You're photographs are excellent! Wish you could give novices like me some tips :-)

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