Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recipe: Croque Monsieur Sandwhiches

Just like the last recipe I posted, this comes from a little French cookbook I recently got from Anthropologie. Today I'm showing you how to make a Croque Monsieur sandwich, it's most easily described as a French ham and cheese, served warm. I really loved these when I was in France a few summers ago, and they're pretty easy to make!
This recipe calls for:
1 2/3 cups of whole milk
4 medium egg yolks, beaten
2 1/2 cups of Gruyere cheese, grated
12 slices of white bread
6 slices of ham
3 tablespoons of butter, softened
Freshly ground black pepper
This also calls for a Bechamel sauce for the inside of the sandwich, which I had a lot of trouble making, so I just added a slice of cheese on top of the ham in the sandwich.
The first time I made these (when the pictures were taken) I halved the recipe, but I made them again with the full recipe a few days ago. Both times I made them I ended up with more cheese/egg mixture than I needed, so I save it for another time.
First, grate the Gruyere cheese
Then, separate 4 egg yolks and beat them
Then add the milk to the eggs, then add the cheese, pepper and set it aside for at least 30 minutes. And preheat the oven to 340 degrees.
As the mixture sits and oven preheats, set up a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put together the sandwiches by putting a slice of ham and a slice of cheese (I used American but you can probably use whatever you want) and butter the top slice. Then once the egg/cheese mixture has been sitting long enough, put some on each slice.
Then bake them for 10 minutes or until golden, I think ended up baking them for closer to 14 minutes. Cut and enjoy!
Thanks for reading!
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