Croque-Monsieur is one of my favorite French bistro-style dishes. It’s basically a slightly fancier version of the classic ham and cheese sandwich topped with a rich béchamel sauce and delicious Gruyere cheese (trust the French to make a toasted sandwich even more indulgent). The traditional Croque-Monsieur is usually made with white toast bread but as I happened to have half a sourdough loaf in my cupboard today I decided to use that instead. Plus it reminded me of the way Meryl Streep does hers in ‘It’s Complicated‘ which is one of my favorite romantic comedies!
xx Bon appetit
Croque-Monsieur (makes 2)
4 slices of bread, lightly toasted
100g Gruyere cheese
2-3 slices of ham
Béchamel sauce (white sauce)
♥ Preheat oven grill to medium high.
♥ Spread a thin layer of mustard over half of the bread slices. Add the ham slices and 1/2 the Gruyere cheese. Top with the other bread slices and press firmly. Spoon a generous amount of béchamel sauce on top of the sandwiches and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
♥ Place on a baking tray and grill for 5 minutes or until golden and bubbling.
♥ Serve with a green salad.
yummy idea: serve with a fried egg on top to make a Croque-Madame.
shortcut: make your white sauce from a packet rather than from scratch