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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Croque Monsieur

Looking for something different to do with your leftover Easter ham?  This recipe is well worth trying! This recipe makes two large sandwiches.  I used sourdough bread with great success.
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup hot milk
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
6 ounces Gruyere, grated 
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
4 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
2 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin
In a saucepan melt butter, then stir in flour.  Slowly whisk in hot milk.  Continue to whisk until mixture has thickened.  Take off heat.  Stir in salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese and 1/2 c. Gruyere cheese.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Put bread on a cooky sheet and bake in oven for 5 minutes.  Flip bread and cook for another 5 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Spread two slices with mustard.  Top with ham slices, and grated gruyere cheese.  Put tops on sandwiches.  Spoon sauce over the top of the sandwiches and return to the oven.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Take out of oven and turn on the broiler.
Return sandwiches to oven and broil 2-3 minutes.

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