Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fancy Grilled Ham and Cheese (Or As Some Call It- Croque Monsier)



So my kids would never eat anything called "Croque Monsieur." They would think it had something to do with frogs (croak). So we call it fancy grilled ham and cheese instead, but its essentially a Croque Monsier.

The first step is to make a bechamel sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • Dash salt, pepper and nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/4 cup gruyere shredded cheese

Melt butter in oan and add flour and stir well. Cook on med/high for about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk, add cheeses and whisk until smooth and creamy. add spices. Heat until almost at a boil, then reduce to low and cook 10-20 minutes.

Sandwich:

  • Italian bread
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced Provolone cheese


Spread mustard on bread and then layer with ham and cheese. Melt butter in pan and cook as you would a grilled cheese.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange sandwiches on baking sheet and cover with bechamel sauce. Cook in oven at 400 for 5 minutes, then switch to broil and cook another 5 minutes or until sauce is golden and bubbly.

This recipe was featured on our Appetizing April Menu. Check out the entire April menu for a variety of dinner ideas!