Croque-Monsieur

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Croque-monsieur

The French version of a ham and cheese sandwich. According to Larousse Gastronomique a croque is a hot sandwich “with the crusts removed” made with Gruyere and lean ham, and if desired topped and broiled with a Gruyere bechamel suace. Add a fried egg on top it becomes a madame. I made mine with stuff I had around the kitchen – sliced sourdough bread and thin honey ham. I like mine with the gruyere bechamel bit so I went ahead with that but also added parmesan and dijon mustard like Ina does.

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Larousse states that “the ham can be replaced by white chicken meat, the Gruyere cheese by Gouda, and a slice of tomato or even pineapple can be added.” Pineapple??? Haha. No pineapple version of mine but I’ve made a peppered country bacon one before topped with a fried quail egg. Take a look at the browned cheesy goodness. Irresistible.

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5 thoughts on “Croque-Monsieur

  1. hi justin, if croques came packaged like chip it would be the cause of your demise.

    hi hannah, i didn’t used to be a fan of sandwiches before too but now days i can’t resist a crusty bahn mi, a crusty pork rillette sandwich or my summer fav – heirloom tomato and mozzarella. but a hot croque? always hits the spot! good for chilly days.

  2. hi ofg, i’m not a big fan of ham either unless it’s cured. i want to try subbing chicken too. i’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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