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Croque Monsieur

Ever since I watched It’s Complicated, I became interested in making the croque monsieur (French ham & cheese grilled sandwich) myself. I heard it was easy to make and if I were to eat one at a French cafe/bistro It will surely be expensive. So I googled for the recipe online and found several variations in making the dish. I decided to choose the simplest one from here and modified it a bit to suit what I have in my fridge. I made this for breakfast and it was a very fulfilling dish. :)
Croque Monsieur

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/6 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/8 cup Dijon mustard
  • 100gr smoked ham, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

Directions:

  • Melt 1/8 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Gradually stir the flour into the butter. Add small portions of the cream, whisking after each addition to thicken before introducing the next amount. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Melt half of the cheeses into the sauce in small amounts, stirring continuously. Reduce heat to low and keep the sauce warm.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cover the baking pan with foil. Spread 1/4 teaspoon of butter on one side of each slice of bread; spread about 1/4 tablespoon of Dijon mustard on the opposite side of each slice. Assemble the sandwiches by placing two slices of bread into the pan. Top each slice of bread with smoked ham, spoon equal amounts of the cheese sauce over the ham, reserving some of the sauce for later. Place the remaining slices of bread, mustard side down, atop the ham and cheese. Spoon the rest of the cheese sauce on top of each sandwich with the rest of shredded cheese
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese started to melt. Let it cool for a bit, then slice the sandwich diagonally, garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately
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