Many years ago when I was a little kid living in Streator, Illinois my parents occasionally took us to the local Dog n Suds. One of my favorite meals was the pork tenderloin. Although I haven’t eaten meat since the 1970s I still have a strong memory of what that sandwich tasted like.
I’ve never found any vegetarian foods that were remotely similar to the pork tenderloin, but Gardein’s Crispy Chick’n Patty comes closest. I guess it’s the breading more than anything. Frankly, I don’t usually like vegetarian chicken because there’s something kind of gross about the texture (too much like chicken perhaps), but Gardein’s Chick’n Patty has become one of my favorite sandwiches.
It’s easy to make. I cook it on parchment paper (got mine from the Dollar Tree) for about thirty minutes in the toaster oven (turning once) and then eat it on a Publix potato roll (by the way, has anyone else noticed that Publix’s bakery is not what it once was?) with mayo, spinach, peppers, and sometimes cheese. Gardein isn’t kidding when they say it’s crispy. It’s also very tasty and satisfying.
The Gardein link says the patty is 180 calories, but my bag says it’s 160. Not sure what’s going on there, but the sandwich is definitely vegetarian (vegan too) and uses non-GMO ingredients. They come in a package of four and can be pricey, so I wait until Publix offers them as part of their weekly BOGO sale.
Five out of five stars