Croque Monsieur

Serves: 2

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Gruyere and ham are a match made in heaven. Make the classic French grilled cheese by layering these these two ingredients between slices of bread covered in bechamel.

Ingredients

Preparation

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour to create a thick paste. Slowly whisk the milk in to the flour mixture in a steady stream. Cook for 5 minutes to thicken sauce, stirring often. Stir in a pinch of nutmeg and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Preheat broiler.

Make two sandwiches with bread slices, mustard, ham and sliced cheese. Lightly spread both outer sides of bread with butter. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat. Place sandwiches in the warm skillet and cook on one side until golden brown and cheese begins to melt, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip sandwich over and cook until golden brown and cheese is melted, 2 to 4 additional minutes.

Top sandwiches with the sauce and grated cheese. Broil until golden brown and bubbling, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before cutting.

Notes

To prepare a Croque Madame, prepare recipe as above and top each sandwich with a fried egg.

More about: bechamel sauce, ham

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