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Jun 27

Croque Monsieur

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PROCESS:

 

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.

 

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

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