I very rarely eat bread, but after tasting this sandwich at one of my favorite lunch spots in Nashville, I knew I had to make it myself. The roasted sweet potatoes, tart apple slices, peppery arugula, and creamy spread on cranberry walnut bread combine to make a fantastic hot sandwich that you must try!
The Food Company, a sweet little lunch and catering restaurant with a greenhouse bar, is well-loved by the Nashville locals in the Green Hills area. It is known for its fresh salads, flavorful soups, and unique sandwiches. When Abby and I were in Nashville last week visiting my family, I ate at The Food Co. three times, and could not get enough of their sweet potato sandwich! They call it The Elsa, which is why I call mine the Copycat Elsa Sandwich.
The original Elsa sandwich is not vegan, however, so I altered the recipe by replacing the boursin cheese spread with a vegan garlic mayo (I used the Just Mayo brand). Honestly, I think I prefer the flavor of the garlic mayo because it adds an extra savory element in addition to the creamy texture. The Food Co. also adds an oil (probably butter) to the bread before grilling it to make it extra crispy, but I omitted the oil to create a lighter sandwich.
If you do not have a panini press, you could always toast your bread or leave it as is. I like it prepared any way!
With the warm, creamy sweet potatoes, crispy apples, and nutty bread, this sandwich is the ultimate comfort food.
I could probably eat this copycat Elsa sandwich for lunch every day. It’s THAT good!
- 4-5 slices peeled sweet potato (~1/4 inch thick)
- 2 slices cranberry walnut bread
- 1-2 T. vegan garlic mayo (I used Just Mayo brand)
- 1 handful arugula
- 3-4 green apple slices (~1/8 inch thick)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet and lightly spray with coconut oil or baking oil of your choice. Spread out potato slices on sheet, lightly spray with oil, and roast for 15 minutes, flipping after about 10 minutes.
- Spread mayo thinly on each slice of bread. Add arugula to one slice and apple slices to the other.
- When the potatoes are soft and slightly golden, carefully transfer them to the top of the arugula and press the sandwich slices together.
- Cut in half and serve as is, or grill in a panini press until crispy and hot.
You simply MUST try this sandwich! Just looking at these photos makes me want another one.
Abby and I had such a great time in Nashville, I’m counting the days until we can go back (and return to The Food Company!).
But for those of you who aren’t going to Nashville anytime soon, just make this copycat Elsa sandwich at home. You’ll wonder why you never thought to combine sweet potatoes and apples in a sandwich before now!