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Croque Monsieur Recipe - or Croque Madame


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Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 10

Ingredients

8 slices fresh bread –French bread if possible – crusts removed
4 slices baked ham or jambon de Paris
8 slices Gruyère cheese
4 Tbsp clarified butter
2 tsp dijon mustard


Béchamel Sauce
6 Tbsp butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
1 Tsp salt


Clarified butter has a higher smoke point, which means frying can be done at a higher temperature.


Melt butter in a heavy saucepan at a low heat.


Once butter is completely melted, remove from heat.


After it has cooled for 5 minutes, skim off the foamy top.


Pour the melted liquid butter into a container and discard solids at the bottom of the pan.


Assemble four sandwiches using 2 slices of bread, 1 slice of ham and 2 slices of cheese for each sandwich.


Children can help assemble the sandwiches.


Spread ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard on the interior of the bread prior to assembling.


Brush the outside of the sandwiches with butter.


In a non-stick fry pan, add the clarified butter and sauté the sandwiches over medium heat.


Cook each side until golden brown – approximately 2.5 minutes.




Béchamel Sauce


Melt the butter and add the salt.


Add the flour, a little at a time, while constantly stirring with a whisk. Slowly add the milk, while continuing to whisk.


Sauce will thicken.


Do not boil.


Remove sauce from heat and pour several tablespoons over sandwich.


Place in broiler for 3- 5 minutes.


Pairs Well With


Notes

The basic croque monsieur recipe is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, with a crispy, crunchy exterior. The sandwich is aptly named; the french verb croquer, means “to crunch” and Monsieur means Mister. A variation is the croque madame (Mrs.), which is topped with a fried egg.

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