Friday, July 12th, 2013
Croque Monsieur Recipe: A Parisian Classic
Croque Monsier Recipe—InCultureParent
One of my favorite aspects of Parisian life is the relaxed schedule. Rather than punctuating long workdays with hasty meals, the French seem to punctuate long days of eating with a few hours of work. Granted I am biased, as my time there has been as a student or vacationer, but it’s a bias I hope to savor. I have fond memories of long lunches at sidewalk cafes, almost always eating my favorite late afternoon snack of choice: a croque monsieur. This sandwich is a relative of the American grilled cheese (much in the way the Concord is relative of a Cessna).
My children now adore Croques Monsieurs. While one can take shortcuts in making them, I highly recommend following the recipe in full.
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 Gruyere or other Swiss cheese, grated
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
8 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
8 oz sliced ham
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon or whisk for 2 minutes. Pour the milk into the butter/flour mixture in slow stream, whisking. Cook, while steadily whisking, until the sauce is thickened. Turn off heat and add ½ cup Gruyere, all of the Parmesan, and salt.
Assemble sandwiches as follows (bottom up), dividing ingredients evenly between four sandwiches: bottom slices of toast, ham, 1 cup Gruyere, tops slices of toast, cheese sauce, 1 cup Gruyere.
Broil 5-7 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned.
© 2013, Lauren Capitani. All rights reserved.
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