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Croque Monsieur

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This French café staple is a classic flavor and texture combo, with saltiness from the cheese, smokiness from the ham, and the crunch of the toast offset by the creamy béchamel.
Categories: Cheese, French, Sandwiches
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Step 1
4 oz • Butter
4 slice • White bread • lightly toasted
1 tbsp • Flour
4 oz • Milk • warmed
White pepper to taste • freshly grated
6 oz • Gruyère cheese • grated
• Nutmeg • freshly grated
1 tbsp • Dijon mustard
2 slice • Ham
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until the flour is saturated with the butter and a little toasty. Slowly add the warm milk while whisking constantly until the sauce has thickened. Remove from flame, add freshly grated pepper and nutmeg to taste.

Lightly brush two of the bread slices with the Dijon mustard. Add one slice of ham and 2 ounces of grated Gruyère and top with the remaining bread. Spread the béchamel sauce on top of each sandwich and sprinkle with the remaining Gruyère.

Place the sandwiches in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the top is browned and bubbling.


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