Vegan Croque Monsieur

Makes 1 sandwich


1 tbs of margarine + extra for buttering
1 tbs flour
1/2 a cup of oat milk
2 slices of ‘ham’
1 tbs of whole grain mustard
2 slices of ‘cheese’
2 slices of sourdough
Salt and pepper – on hand


The B├ęchamel
In a small pot on medium heat, melt your margarine. Once melted, stir in the flour to form a paste. Add the milk and with a whisk or a wooden spoon, stir constantly until the mixture has thickened enough to be spreadable. This will take a while, but if it’s taking a loooooong while, add some flour one teaspoonful at a time to help it along. Take your pot off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

The assembly
Heat up your toastie machine (or pan if you’re doing this old school) and butter up one side of each of your slices of bread. put both slices in the machine and close the lid for 30 seconds to heat all four surfaces of your slices of bread.

On your first slice of bread, margarine side down, spread your b├ęchamel, place your ‘cheese’ and ‘ham’. On the other slide of bread, also margarine side down, spread the mustard. Close your sandwich and toast in the toastie machine until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden.

I served this with a ‘salad’ consisting of lettuce and a balsamic vinaigrette. People keep telling me that doesn’t constitute a salad. I wholeheartedly disagree.

I listened to Aldous Harding’s new album while I assembled this.

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