Friday, January 2, 2015

Croque Monsieur Recipe (from "It's Complicated")

Make Croque Monsieur just like
Meryl Streep makes in the film "It's Complicated".
This sandwich is filled with Black Forest Ham and Gruyere Cheese,
then topped with a creamy Bechamel Sauce and even more cheese
making it a cheesy, gooey delight!


Croque Monsieur
*makes 4 sandwiches

Bechamel Sauce Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
pinch of salt
pinch of ground black pepper
pinch of nutmeg


Melt butter in medium-size saucepan. When it's bubbly, add in flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes until you have a butterscotch or light caramel color (thick) liquid. Now, add in the milk and whisk while on medium-high heat. Cook until the sauce thickens. Turn off heat and stir in both cheeses. Add in seasonings and stir well. Remove from heat and set aside.

Sandwich Ingredients:

8 slices of French bread (sliced 1/2" thick)
Dijon Mustard
12 slices of Black Forest Ham
1 cup grated Gruyere Cheese
Bechamel Sauce (from above)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).

Place all slices of bread on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Lightly spread a thin layer of butter on the face of each slice. Place in preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees for 4-5 minutes until toasted.

Remove bread from oven and spread Dijon Mustard on only the bottom slices (4). Now, top those with 3 slices of ham. Top the ham with some grated Gruyere. Place the top slices, buttered side down on top of the ham and cheese. Spoon some of the Bechamel Sauce over the tops of each sandwich. Sprinkle a bit more Gruyere on top of the sauce.

Now place them back in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes at 400 degrees. After 5 minutes, turn your oven's broiler on and broil them for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is all bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven and enjoy!!

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