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Croque Monsieur


Posted: October 11

Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Sure, ham and cheese is a classic combination. But with a trip to French cuisine, this combination takes on new layers of taste! Croque Monsieur is a cheesy connoisseur sandwich made with two delicious kinds of cheese, dijon mustard, and a delectable blend of spices. A Croque Monsieur is melt-in-your-mouth delicious and richer than any sandwich you’ve had before! It’s lunch made luxurious!


Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk, hot
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 pinch ground nutmeg
5 cups Gruyere cheese, grated and divided
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
16 slices white bread
Dijon mustard, to taste
8 ounces baked ham, sliced

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan on the stove-top.

Step 3

Add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter/flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened.

Step 5

Take the saucepan off the heat.

Step 6

Add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the parmesan.

Step 7

Stir and set aside.

Step 8

Place the bread slices on two baking sheets.

Step 9

Bake the bread slices for 5 minutes.

Step 10

Turn each slice and bake until toasted, about 2 minutes.

Step 11

Lightly brush half the toasted pieces of bread with the mustard.

Step 12

Add a slice of ham to each mustard-topped slice.

Step 13

Sprinkle the ham with half of the remaining Gruyere cheese.

Step 14

Top each topped slice of bread with another piece of the toasted bread.

Step 15

Slather the tops of the sandwiches with the cheese sauce.

Step 16

Sprinkle the sauce with the remaining gruyere cheese.

Step 17

Bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes.

Step 18

Turn on the broiler and broil until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes.

Step 19

Serve hot.


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