Croque-Monsieur

  • Yield 4 servings

Croque-monsieur is the French version of a grilled ham-and- cheese sandwich. This recipe is the traditional croquet monsieur recipe, the closest to the original sandwich served in Parisian cafés in the early 1900s. Today, it’s a popular snack all over France, and the variations are countless. Remember, the better your bread, the better the sandwich.

Ingredients

8 slices sandwich bread, crust removed
4 tablespoons clarified butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 ounces baked ham, thinly sliced
3 cups grated Gruyere cheese (about 8 ounces)

Instructions

 

  1. Set an oven rack 8 inches below the broiler heating element. Preheat the broiler. 
  2. Brush 4 slices of the bread on one side with half the clarified butter. Place the slices butter side down on a broiler or baking sheet. Spread half the mustard on the top side of the bread slices on the sheet, to the edge of each slice. Place 1 ounce of sliced ham on each slice. Divide 2 cups of the Gruyère cheese among the 4 slices. Spread the remaining mustard on the remaining 4 slices of bread and press down on top of the cheese, mustard side down. Brush the tops and sides of the sandwiches with the remaining butter.
  3. Broil until golden brown on top, 3 to 4 minutes, then turn over, cover the sandwiches with the remaining cheese, and continue cooking until they are crispy and golden brown, about 3 additional minutes.
Reprinted with permission from Clifford A. Wright's Hot and Cheesy (Wiley, 2012)

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