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Open-Faced Sandwich with a Cheezy Gravy Sauce
From: Veganfrg

All have been altered from their original form since I make them vegan (no dairy/eggs) and I am genetically incapable of following a recipie as it is written.
For spices I will say use "some" since I never measure spices.
Add them to your personal taste.
Following the recipie I will write my impressions of the meal, good or bad.
Hope to hear back from the rest of you out there re: the recipies.

Sauce: (I made this first and let it thicken on the stove as I made the rest)

  • 1/3 cup flour (I used whole wheat, but the recipie says soy)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (find at a health/natural food store)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (Knorr's concentrated veggie broth...mmmm...)
    some...onion powder, tamari (really good soy sauce), garlic powder, oregano, basil, "dash"
Combine flour and yeast in a saucepan on low heat.
Stir in the oil and mix well, then stir in the veggie stock slowly and mix well.
Add spices, let simmer while you chop veggies for next part of recipe.

Sandwich

  • 1lb mushrooms
  • 4 roma tomatoes (less acidic than salad tom's)
  • 1 lg ripe avocado
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • some...garlic, lemon juice, lime juice
  • 1 loaf of whole grain peasant or french bread, sliced
Preheat oven to 375*.
Coarsely chop/slice veggies & cilantro.
Dicing the avocado is easier to do if you halve it, and use a butter knife to dice it while it is still in it's skin, and then peel the skin off.
Add juices and garlic.
Mix in a small amt. of cheese sauce, just enough to get everything to stick together.
Put sliced bread on baking sheet, and top with veggie/sauce mixture.
Bake for 6-8 min.
If people are really fond of cheese sauce, they can put more on after it comes out of the oven.
Serve immediately.

My review

This was my first time using nutritional yeast, and I was happy about how thick the sauce turned out.
It wasn't short on creamy, but it was a tiny bit bland.
Next time around I would add more tamari, garlic, and some type of salt or salt substitute.
I was thrilled with the veggie mix, and I think there's room to add/replace veggies next time I try it out.
I think I'll add some green onion and some fresh parsley next time.
I'm also wondering how chopped fresh spinach would work.
Maybe if it was sauteed in olive oil for a bit first?
I imagine if one was in a hurry, the "fresh" mild salsa in the grocery's deli section would work well, just so long as it's drained well, as long as you added some fresh cilantro too.

I had a ton of cheesy sauce left over, but I also have some wheat gluten based fake "chicken" in the fridge, and some hoagy rolls.
I think some fake bacon bits would taste good on that too.