In France, these toasted cheese and ham sandwiches are very popular
Prep Time: prep 15 mins
Cooking Time: cook 10 mins
Serves: makes 4 sandwiches
- 14oz ( 400g) Gruyère cheese, grated
- 4 tbsp butter, plus softened butter for spreading
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 / 3 cup whole milk
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 8 slices white sandwich bread
- 8 thin slices of ham
- Cut 4oz (115g) of the cheese into thin slices and shred the rest.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour and let bubble without browning for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk. Simmer, whisking often, until smooth and thick. Add the shredded cheese and mustard and stir until the cheese is melted.
- Position a broiler rack 6in (15cm) from the heat and preheat the broiler. Toast the bread slices on 1 side only. Spread the untoasted sides lightly with butter, then top 4 slices with the ham and sliced cheese. Press the remaining 4 bread slices on top, toasted sides up, and spread with the cheese mixture.
- Broil about 2 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and golden brown. Serve at once.
- prep 15 mins; cook 10 mins
Croque Madame: To make Croque Madames, top each serving with a fried or poached egg.
Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
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