Cooking Classics: Croque Monsieur

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Croque Monsieur

A Croque Monsieur is by far one of the most indulgent ham & cheese sandwiches you may ever experience. This irresistible classic French staple is often found in cafes & bistros that is traditionally prepared on pullman loaf bread with thinly sliced ham & Gruyère, a cows milk cheese that originated in Fribourg, Switzerland although comtè makes a fine substitute. A béchamel is the traditional sauce of choice but adding a smattering of the cheese to it makes it a bit more flavorful. If you’re going to prepare the sandwich at home, you must bake a fresh loaf of Pain de Mie to serve it on. My whole wheat version elevates it just so. Learn how to make a Classic Croque Monsieur in your very own kitchen perfect for weeknight meals & entertaining alike. 

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makes 2 servings

3 Tbsp Mornay Sauce
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 
4 slices Whole Wheat Pain de Mie
4-oz thinly sliced ham
2 Tbsp melted butter
3 Tbsp shredded Gruyère cheese
Garnish: Chopped fresh parsley
Classic Bread & Butter Pickles

Prepare the Mornay Sauce as directed. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the mustard over one side of each bread slice. Top 2 pieces with half of the ham. Place the remaining bread mustard side down over the ham. Brush half of the butter over the bread & place buttered side down on a half sheet pan. Brush the remaining butter over the top of the bread pieces. Bake 10 minutes then flip the sandwiches over & bake an additional 10 minutes. 

Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons Mornay Sauce over each sandwich. Top evenly with the cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes then run the sandwiches under the broiler 1 minute. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately with Classic Bread & Butter Pickles.

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makes about 1 1/4 cups

2 Tbsp butter 
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/3 cups whole milk
A pinch of kosher salt, freshly ground pepper & ground nutmeg
1/3 cup shredded Gruyère cheese

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over Medium heat then whisk in the flour until smooth & bubbly all over the surface. Gradually whisk in the milk & stir all over the bottom & the sides of the pan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles vigorously over the surface. Cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat & whisk in the seasonings & the cheese until completely smooth. Use as directed in specific recipe applications. 

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How To Make Croque Monsieur

Some of the best accompaniments to a Croque Monsieur are Quiche Lorraine & Lyonnaise Salad. The recipe for the Mornay Sauce will yield enough to make additional sandwiches. Save it, covered, in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it & thaw when needed. Give it a good stir before using again. 

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A few pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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 Prepare the Mornay Sauce as directed. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the mustard over one side of each bread slice.

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 Top 2 pieces with half of the ham.

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Place the remaining bread mustard side down over the ham. Brush half of the butter over the bread & place buttered side down on a half sheet pan. Brush the remaining butter over the top of the bread pieces.

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 Bake 10 minutes then flip the sandwiches over & bake an additional 10 minutes. 

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Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons Mornay Sauce over each sandwich.

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Top evenly with the cheese. 

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Bake an additional 10 minutes then run the sandwiches under the broiler 1 minute. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately with Classic Bread & Butter Pickles.

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