The cheese ploughman's sandwich is a British classic. This recipe is vegan and adds an ingredient often missed in this popular sandwich.
CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICH
A ploughman's lunch is a classic pub lunch.
It sounds like a really old-fashioned meal from long, long ago, doesn't it?
You might have visions of rather handsome, tanned farmer, with sleeves rolled up and the muscles in his arm tensing as he guides a plough, hitched up to his horse across a rough field, in preparation for planting. Yes, take a minute to visualise that!
Oh OK, is that just me?
The term ploughman's lunch did actually appear in print way back in 1394* so that could be a fairly accurate description, but alas no, that hard-working farmer did not eat a lunch such as this.
He did eat a variation of it though. A ploughman's lunch in 1394 would be cheese, bread and beer. Beer was commonly drunk as the water was often disease-ridden unless it came fresh from a stream or deep well.
The modern version of the ploughman's lunch, I'm sad to tell you, comes from a marketing promotion* dreamt up by the Brewer's Society and the Cheese Bureau in 1957 to promote their wares.
They included pickles and salad alongside bread, cheese and beer for their invited city toffs (city gents) to dine on.
It may have started as a marketing promotion, but it has been popular pub fayre ever since.
VEGAN CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICH
The vegan cheese sandwich is easy to make but not one you see on offer anywhere.
It's super easy to make at home using vegan mayo, vegan coleslaw and cheddar instead of the normally included vegetarian cheese and coleslaw.
It's well worth making a vegan version. It's packed with flavours and textures and it won't let you down.
WHICH TYPE OF BREAD SHOULD I USE TO MAKE A CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICH?
I used a French baguette baton for this sandwich.
When you eat a ploughman's lunch in a pub it usually comes with a chunk of crusty bread, so a baguette works well.
If they serve you it with sliced bread, you've gone very down market!
However, a cheese ploughman's sandwich can be really delicious on good quality wholemeal or seeded bread.
You could even make it on a soft bloomer's bread with its crispy crust.
Alternatively, you could serve it on a soft morning roll or a wholemeal roll (bap, bun, cob).
For dinner, serve this sandwich with a bowl of easy tomato soup
HOMEMADE VEGAN COLESLAW
THE MISSING INGREDIENT
MORE VEGAN SANDWICHES TO TRY
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CHEESE PLOUGHMAN'S SANDWICHES
Vegan Cheese Ploughman's Sandwich
- 1 baguette baton roll, bap or two slices of bread
- 2-3 tsp vegan mayo
- handful salad leaves
- 2-3 slices vegan cheese sliced lengthways
- 1 ripe tomato sliced
- ½ apple sliced
- 2 tbsp vegan coleslaw
- 2 tbsp sandwich pickle (or chutney
- Cut your baguette baton in half and spread the lower half with mayo.
- Top with salad leaves, slices of tomato, then slices of cheese.
- Next, add the apple slices.
- Top the apple with the coleslaw, then spread the top of the baton with pickle.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If you are making ahead, you may want to toss the apple slices in lemon juice so they don't brown.
- This sandwich is quite large, you could cut it in half and serve for two with a side salad and a handful of crisps (chips).
- This sandwich is best made and served fresh, but can be made in the morning for lunchtime.