I've never been a fan of sandwiches.
Grilled sandwiches on the other hand I was more in favor for.
Then I came across the Croque Monsieur that was featured in the movie "It's Complicated"...Ok, it wasn't the feature. But it had an appeal. My curiosity for this sandwich grew. So when the
Croque means to "crunch" and Monsieur meant "mister". The first written record of this sandwich was in Parisian Cafe in 1910 (wikipedia).
I looked at a few sites and for the most part I had followed Simply Recipe's.
This is by far the most filling grilled sandwich I've ever had. Will I make it again? Heck yeah!
Croque Monsieur (from Elise Bauer)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- A pinch each of salt, freshly ground pepper, nutmeg, or more to taste
- 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups grated) *You also have the option to use Swiss, or Fontina.*
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (packed)
- 8 slices of French or Italian loaf bread *I had used sour dough loaf bread.*
- 12 ounces ham, sliced
- Dijon mustard
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
2 Make the béchamel sauce. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium/low heat until it just starts to bubble. Add the flour and cook, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking continuously, cooking until thick. Remove from heat. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the Parmesan and 1/4 cup of the grated Gruyère. Set aside.
3 Lay out the bread slices on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven, a few minutes each side, until lightly toasted. For extra flavor you can spread some butter on the bread slices before you toast them if you want.
(Alternatively, you can assemble the sandwiches as follows in step four and grill them on a skillet, finishing them in the broiler with the bechamel sauce.)
4 Lightly brush half of the toasted slices with mustard. Add the ham slices and about 1 cup of the remaining Gruyère cheese. Top with the other toasted bread slices.
*I chose to grill the ham slices as separately from the toasted bread with Gruyere Cheese, Then placed the ham on top of the toasts slices with cheese*
5 Spoon on the béchamel sauce to the tops of the sandwiches. Sprinkle with the remaining Gruyère cheese. Place on a broiling pan. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese topping is bubbly and lightly browned.
If you top this sandwich with a fried egg it becomes a Croque Madame.
Makes 4 sandwiches.