Thursday, April 23, 2009

Barefoot Blogger: Croque Monsieur


This was my first recipe with the Barefoot Blogger group. For those of you who love Ina Garten as much as I do, please consider joining this awesome group. Click on the link on the right side of my web page to check out the details.

We made this the other night and invited a friend and her adorable young son over for dinner. She said that her husband was traveling to Germany for work. So I said, "We're happened to be making Croque Monsieur for dinner tonight, wanna come over?" She said, in caps lock (because I was on IM with her)," YES. I LOVE CROQUE MONSIEUR. What time?"

We only used half of the recipe, but it was perfect for 4 people (we had a side dish and dessert as well though). The sauce took longer than I had anticipated to thicken, but it turned out great after I added more flour. My friend, by the way, is a French-American woman who have made this hundred times, and she thought that the recipe was “excellent”. Used the thick-sliced honey ham, and the white Pepperidge farm as Ina recommended.

YUM!


Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin



Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.
To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.

15 comments:

Shawna said...

WOW...that looks so great! I'm going to put it on my list to try!

Penny said...

Your Croque Monsieur looks delicious. I am making mine today. Love your blog. I vote for the Pasta dishes too. Speck is fantastic in Spaghetti Carbonara. I am envious of your trip.

Chris said...

Yum! And just squeaking it in for National Grilled Cheese month too (not sure if that was planned or not...). Anytime Gruyere is involved, I am on- board!

Kimberly said...

Welcome to BB! We also enjoyed this dish...yummy!

Kimberly said...

Welcome to BB! We also enjoyed this dish...yummy!

Joelen said...

I haven't had breakfast yet and I'm so craving this...!

Kim said...

How nice to have an authentic Frenchie there to supervise and approve ;) Looks great. Welcome!

Melissa said...

Cheesy goodness!

chocolatechic said...

My sauce thickened to wall paper paste consistency in a matter of seconds.

I thought it was fabulous.

Kate said...

Welcome to the Barefoot Bloggers, and, nicely done!

Kanella said...

Welcome to BB. Looks delicious!

h2babe said...

Thanks everyone for such a warm welcome. I know that I'd have an awesome experience trying out all of these great recipes with such nice network of cooks and foodies out there!! ~ Yudith

Suzie said...

Glad you enjoyed it, and glad to hear that it is pretty authentic as well. We lcome to BB - hope you enojoy.

Tonya @ What's On My Plate said...

welcome to barefoot bloggers! your photo makes the sandwich looks delish!

EmmyJMommy said...

Beautiful Croque Monsieur! Welcome to the group!!!!