Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Sandwich 26: Croque Monsieur

Last Saturday Sandwich for a while because we're going on holiday to the US on Monday and JD will be staying on for a month after me and the kids get back to spend time with his family over there. We'll be back to eating sandwiches in October though :)

Today's sandwich is the 'Crisp Mister' (oh you French, with your crazy names) which is a ham and cheese sandwich topped with bechamel sauce. We've only had one once before but it wasn't very good so we're giving it another chance today.

Ingredients: Milk, ham, Gruyere cheese, bay leaves, onion, flour, butter, white bread, salt & pepper.

Flavour the milk by simmering it with the onion, pepper and bay leaves.

 Strain the milk and set aside. Melt the butter and add flour. Stir in the milk to make a bechamel sauce in the usual way. JD's pretty pro at stirring.

 Toast the bread and make up the sandwiches using butter, ham and grated Gruyere.

 Top the sandwiches with a layer of bechamel sauce and grill until browned and crispy on top.

This was one of the best sandwiches we've had. Maybe because of the taste or maybe because I didn't have to make it. JD and Erin took over in the kitchen and made the whole thing. Erin took all the pictures too. I just had to eat the sandwich when it was done, which was great :D

It was very different from any other toasted sandwich I've had before. The bechamel sauce on top made for a lovely moist mouthful of sandwich each time and the smoked ham we used went perfectly with the Gruyere cheese. JD thought it was interesting (read as weird) to have a sauce on top of a sandwich. He didn't complain too much though and ate half of Erin's sandwich too!

Apparently there are several variations on the Croque Monsieur including being topped with a fried egg, with salmon instead of ham, with tomatoes & herbs or with a slice of pineapple. I'd like to try some of those too.

Ratings: JD -  4/5 Emma - 4/5

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