Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Croque- Monsieur

There are two versions behind the French croque monsieur sandwich.

When I cook for my kids I make the simplest, most common version (not that different from standard-issue American classic, the grilled ham and cheese). But when I cook for adults I make le Vrai croque monsieur that requires a béchamel sauce. My croque monsieur, based on my family's recipe is layered with jambon de Paris (some American stores display Madrange ham or Ferrarini Roasted Rosemary Ham product of Italy) , Swiss Gruyère, and a rich béchamel sauce, encased between slices of toasted white bread, and topped with more béchamel and grated Gruyère. I like it straight from the oven—the cheese bubbling and golden-brown, melting over the sides of the bread, and with a rich, creamy center.

Croque-Monsieur with Bechamel Sauce

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
4 slices firm white sandwich bread
4 ounces sliced French ham ( Madrange) or Italian Ferrarini
4 ounces sliced Gruyère cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese

PreparationMelt 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Add nutmeg. Increase heat to medium-high and boil until sauce thickens, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat broiler. Place 2 bread slices on work surface. Top each with half of ham and sliced Gruyère. Top with remaining bread. Heat heavy large skillet over low heat. Brush sandwiches with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Add to skillet and cook until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to small baking sheet. Spoon sauce, then grated cheese over sandwiches. Broil until cheese begins to brown, about 2 minutes.




These words " creamy center, bubbly cheese, rich bechamel " are getting my mouth watering ...

I just realize I don't have your adress in order to post you "one day" my PIF ... I would be very thankful if you can send it me by email ; )

If you have a special request from France, DONT HESITATE !!

Laurie said...

Hi Celine..I am Laurie. :)
I am a Daring Baker who's first challenge also was the Dorie's Perfect Party cake. I can't wait to see what you do next!
I see you live in Temecula, so do I!! I look forward to visiting your blog again, I haven't met many foodies here!

Laurie said...

Oh, I forgot to say this sounds wonderful! I got so distracted seeing that you are from Temecula. :)
One of my favorite cookbook authors is Madeline Brennan. I have been a follower of hers for years. It will be wonderful seeing your french cuisine and learning from you also!