Monday, March 12, 2012

Monte Cristo Sandwich

I've never had a "real" Monte Cristo Sandwich but I've had them many times at the Chicago Diner. This is my ode to the sandwich! Also, the vegan turkey meat recipe is the same I posted recently for the California Reuben Sandwich.

Monte Cristo Sandwich

* Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
* Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
* Ingredients (for vegan turkey meat):
  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 cup vegetarian "chicken" broth*
  • 1/2 (14 oz.) firm tofu package
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar*
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp mesquite liquid smoke*
Ingredients (for sandwich):
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter*
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk*
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 4 pieces sourdough bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, optional
  • 1/2 package (5.5 oz.) vegan ham slices*
  • 2 slices vegan muenster cheese, per sandwich*
  • several slices vegan turkey meat, per sandwich 
  • Dijon mustard, to taste
  • vegan mayonnaise, to taste*
  • powdered sugar, to top, to taste
* Recipe (for vegan turkey meat):
  1. In a large bowl, add the vital wheat gluten.
  2. In a food processor, add all the wet ingredients and nutritional yeast including the tofu and spices.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the wheat gluten. Mix well with a spoon then kneed with hands. 
  4. Roll into a log that is 2.5 - 3 in. wide. Loosely roll foil around the seitan log and twist both ends like a tootsie roll.
  5. Place in a pot with several inches of water. Have something holding it from the bottom so it is not touching the water (ex: a deep cookie cutter).
  6. Steam for 1 hour.
  7. When done steaming, take out of pot, allow to cool. When cool, slice thinly like deli meat.
* Recipe (for sandwich):
  1. Melt butter in a large skillet. In a bowl, combine the corn starch, milk, flour, and salt. Mix until lumps are gone.
  2. In a small baking pan, pour the french toast batter. Coat each side of the toast and fry in the pan until golden on each side. Once one side is fried, flip and fry the other side with the muenster cheese on top. Cover with lid to melt.
  3. Fry the ham slices and several slices of turkey meat until slightly crispy. Add olive oil to the pan if the butter from the french toast runs out.
  4. In a small bowl, combine equal parts mustard and mayonnaise.
  5. Spread over one piece of french toast, pile on the ham and turkey, and top with the cheesy french toast. Cut in half. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with hash browns or breakfast potatoes.
* Notes: For vegetarian "chicken" broth, I used Frontier brand I got at my local health food store in bulk. Agave nectar is a honey replacement. You can find it in the organic section of your grocery store usually or with the honey. Liquid smoke gives a "meaty" smoky flavor to foods. I use it often in southern greens recipes to replace a bacon feel. For vegan butter, I used Earth Balance. I used soy milk for non-dairy milk but feel free to use whatever you please. For ham, I like Lightlife Smart Deli Ham. Chicago has a great cashew cheese company called Ste Martaen that has a muenster cheese. If you can't find it, use some other kind of white cheese whether is be Daiya or Follow Your Heart. Lastly, for vegan mayonnaise I used Earth Balance with olive oil.


    TooKawaii said...

    for those that can't access ste martaen muenster: here's a diy version!

    miccall said...

    Hey great stuff nice info your passing on
    vegetarian recipes

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