Croque Monsieur

Another wonderful recipe from Martha Stewart! Boar’s Head meats and cheeses came through once again for us!  I could not find the right cheese and Matt was there to help! If you have trouble pronouncing some of the French words in the recipe, please watch a video at the end of this post. 🙂

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Matt with Boar’s Head

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Croque Monsieur (click on recipe to get to Martha Stewart’s recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk, heated
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • 8 slices toasted or grilled country bread, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 pound sliced baked ham, such as prosciutto cotto or jamon royale
  • Pinch herbes de Provence
  • Cornichons, for serving

DIRECTION

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, and slowly add hot milk. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and 1/2 cup Gruyere. Set bechamel sauce aside.

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3. Lightly brush 4 slices bread with mustard.
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4. Divide ham evenly between bread, and sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons Gruyere. Top with 4 more slices toasted bread. Slather tops with the bechamel sauce, and sprinkle with remaining Gruyere and herbes de Provence.

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5. Bake sandwiches until topping is lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with cornichons.

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Here is a video of my husband trying to teach me the French language and will help you to pronounce some of the ingredients in this recipe!

Enjoy the video!

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