Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Croque Monsieur: The Parisian Ham & Cheese

Croque Monsieur

The Parisian Ham & Cheese Sandwich
This is a heavenly sandwich that is easy and rather quick to make, with a few special touches, it will be the guilty pleasure you’re proud of! I LOVE this sandwich for brunch, for lunch, and it’s fantastic for entertaining - you’ll certainly impress!

Difficulty: Moderate Easy Servings: Entree 2 (cut into small pieces for hors d'oeuvres)


  • 4 pieces Country Bread
  • 4 oz Gruyere Cheese (Swiss is fine)
  • ½ lb. Thin deli sliced Ham (not cold cuts)
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmesan Cheese    
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp AP Flour
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted Butter & More for buttering bread
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp grated Nutmeg
  • Pinch white pepper
  • Pinch Cayenne pepper

The Mornay Sauce :

  • Make the Roux in a small pot over Med-High heat:Melt butter, whisk in flour until blended. Cook 1 minute - keeping blonde.
  • Add milk.
  • Whisk constantly until starts to bubble. Lower heat.
  • Add Parmesan - whisk until melted.
  • Salt, Peppers, and Nutmeg. (Check salt for taste - should taste beautiful cheese sauce)
  • Keep whisking (including bottom & sides to keep from scorching milk.)  
  • Once thick turn off heat.
*Mornay sauce is made with Gruyere, but we’re using Parmesan because the use of Gruyere later.

Bread & Ham: In a Skillet over Med-high

  • Lightly brown bread on one side.
  • Heat Ham.
  • Turn Heat low.


*Turn Broiler on High and rack in middle of oven.
Smother 1 piece of toasted side of Bread with Mornay.
Layer Ham.
Layer Mornay Sauce.
Place Bread on top, toasted side down. Smother Bread with Mornay Sauce. Place back in Skillet.
Cover with Cheese. Turn off stove.
Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly - about 7-8 minutes. Careful not to burn. Rotate pan half way.
*Note you’re not using the broiler below the oven. If you’re oven does not offer a broiler in the full oven then use oven at 400*F.  
Cut in half, and serve with a fork and knife.

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