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Croque Monsieur

Super Fancy, knife and fork sandwich called Croque Monsieur.


The Mornay Sauce: 
2 tablespoons butter 
3 tablespoons flour 
2 cups half & half 
1 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper 
1 teaspoon  Hot sauce 
1/2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded 
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

The Sandwich: 
8 slices white bread, crusts removed 
4 slices ham 
4 teaspoons dijon mustard 
2 cups shredded gruyere cheese



The Mornay Sauce: 
Melt butter in small sauce pan, add flour and stir with a whisk for 60-seconds to form a roux. Slowly add half & half a little at a time whisking constantly. Allow sauce to simmer for a minute while adding cheeses, salt, pepper and hot sauce, reserve.

Building the Croque Monsieur: 
Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven for 5 minutes. 
Flip and bake for an additional two minutes until toasted.

Brush 4 of the toasted bread slices with dijon mustard. 
Top each with a thick slice of ham and 1/4 cup gruyere cheese. 
Top each with the second slice of bread. 
Pour 1/4 cup of mornay sauce over each sandwich. 
Top with remaining gruyere cheese. 
Bake in 400-degree oven for 5-minutes. 
Switch oven heat source from oven to broiler and broil for 2-minutes until cheese turns gorgeously golden brown.

This is a very popular French Classic recipe, think of it as a Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich on steroids. 
Serve with Pomme Frittes.
* you may substitute Swiss cheese for the gruyere

Recipe makes 4 sandwiches. 
You may also make these Croque Monsieur smaller and serve them as appetizers.

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