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Croque Monsieur Madame @DavidScottAllen

Croque Monsieur and Madame

David Scott Allen
Croque Monsieur is a classic bistro cafè style french sandwich (think sophisticated ham and cheese) best served on Pain de Mie or any Brioche-like bread with ham, Gruyère cheese and Béchamel sauce and traditionally baked in the oven. Add a poached or sunny side up egg, and it becomes the Croque Madame.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch Dish, Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the béchamel sauce:

  • 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
  • a pinch of Nutmeg freshly-grated

For the sandwiches:

  • a couple dabs Softened butter for spreading
  • 8 slices Pain de Mie *recipe link below
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 1/4 oz Baked Ham
  • 2 1/2 cups Gruyère cheese grated
  • 4 Eggs optional

Instructions
 

Make the béchamel sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Add all the milk at once, and whisk constantly until very thick. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set aside.

Prepare the sandwiches:

  • Spread four (4) slices of pain de mie each with 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard, sprinkle each with 1/2 cup of grated Gruyère cheese, and top with a piece of ham.
  • Place the remaining slices of pain de mie on top. Butter tops and bottoms of the sandwich and cook slowly on a flat griddle until lightly golden on both sides.
  • Preheat the broiler, and place rack 4-5 inches from the heat. Place sandwiches on a cookie sheet – or in gratin dishes for serving - and spoon about 1/2 cup of the béchamel sauce on top of each sandwich, letting it run down the sides.
  • Sprinkle the four (4) sandwiches with the remaining 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese.
  • Slide the sandwiches under the broiler and remove them when golden brown on top. Serve immediately. Steamed asparagus or a salad makes an excellent side.

Notes

Not surprisingly our chef David makes his own Cocoa and Lavender Pain de Mie - click here for the recipe.
To make a Croque Madame, simply top the sandwich with a sunny-side-up fried egg.
Croque Monsieur @DavidScottAllen
 
Keyword Bistro, Cheese, French Recipes, Sandwich
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