Croque Monsieur is a delicious French ham and cheese sandwich,
made with gruyere, parmesan, ham and a simple béchamel sauce, toasted
in the oven. This recipe makes four sandwiches.
Prep Time - 10 minutes
Cook Time - 20 minutes
Total Time - 30 minutes
Yield - 4 sandwiches
¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick)
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Dash of ground nutmeg
8 thin slices white sandwich bread
5 ounces good quality ham, about 8 slices
6 ounces Gruyere cheese or Emmental cheese, grated (about 2½ cups)
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring well until the mixture is smooth. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened.
Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Remove from heat and whisk in mustard and nutmeg. Set aside while you make the sandwiches.
Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
Spread each bread slice with a layer of béchamel, spreading it all the way to the edges. Place 4 slices of bread, béchamel side up, on prepared baking sheet.
Top each with two pieces of ham, a handful of gruyere, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Place remaining slices of bread on top, béchamel side up, then top with remaining gruyere and parmesan cheese.
Bake for about 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted, and then turn the oven to broil and broil until the cheese on top is lightly golden, 2-4 minutes.
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