::Foodie:: Croque Monsieur

For those that aren't aware, I am a huge Meryl Streep fan. In 'It's Complicated', there is a scene where she is making dinner for Adam, played by Steve Martin. She makes croque monsieur. It looked pretty interesting and I made a mental note to try it sometime. A few months after watching the movie, I discovered a French bakery in town that served this and I was hooked. It's a French ham and cheese sandwich with a layer of cheese on the outside as well as inside.

I recently found a recipe for it from the Barefoot Contessa and we tried it for the second time tonight. The flavors are exactly like the ones we tried at the French place. 

Croque Monsieur

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.

Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.

I hope you try this and enjoy! Let me know if you make this also.

:-) Mere