Vegetarian Croque Monsieur (Gourmet Grilled Cheese W/ Tofu Ham)

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READY IN: 25mins
SERVES: 1
YIELD: 1 sandwich
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    tablespoon butter (melted)
  • 2
    tablespoons Dijon mustard (this is just a guess)
  • 2
    large slice white bread (you need to have thick and wide country-style slices, like Rudy's Organic Canadian White or your own)
  • 6
    slices ham (INPUT ERROR, IT'S REALLY FAKE HAM! I use Smart Deli brand ham-flavored tofu, which is not in the 'Za)
  • 2
    slices swiss cheese
  • 2
    slices yogurt cheese (I use plain but herbed yogurt cheese would be yummy in this)
  • 3
    tablespoons shredded gruyere cheese (shredded Swiss is good, so is shredded yogurt cheese, or a mix of the 3)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Lightly cook the ham (whether it's real or not) in a frying pan on low heat so the edges are nice and crispy and it can help melt the cheeses from the inside. Note that tofu "ham" has natural moisture so you don't have to use cooking spray like you would with real ham. It tastes good a little smoky but try not to burn it.
  • Using a pastry or BBQ brush, brush one side of each slice with the melted butter. 1 tbsp should do it.
  • Spread the mustard on the other sides of the bread: 2 tbsp was just a guess; spread the mustard as thin or thick as you'd like.
  • Layer the ham and cheese on the bread however you'd like. Sometimes I like to just alternate the cheeses and put the ham in the center, other times I like to arrange it differently.
  • Cook it on medium-low heat in the frying pan so all the cheeses melt but not too hot or else the bread will burn. Flip it every 30 seconds or so and use a little extra butter in the pan if you have to.
  • Cook it until one side is totally done and the other side still hasn't completely browned yet.
  • On the un-browned side, pour on the shredded cheese. Cook it face down on the frying pan on low heat until singed.
  • Cut in half and serve with pomme frites or a nice endive salad and enjoy.
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