“Why do you keep saying ‘Sir?'”
“I’m not. I’m ordering a ham sandwich. I think.”
Apparently, I should have spent a little more time with the French language app I downloaded before my trip to Paris. Oops.
Today’s dish is croque monsieur, which translates roughly as “the best ham sandwich you’ve ever tasted.” (OK, I may have taken a bit of liberty there. Back to the language app…) This is not the ham sandwich found in your American lunchbox, folks. No, this is how the French do lunch. Prepare to be dazzled.
Ingredients (makes 4 hearty sandwiches)
8 slices of good quality white bread
8 ounces gruyere cheese, freshly grated
12 ounces thick sliced ham
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Prepare your white sauce:
Step 1) Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and allspice. Cook over low heat for two minutes with constant stirring until mixture is a blonde color.
Assemble your sandwiches:
Step 3) Toast 8 slices of bread in the oven.
Step 5) Top each sandwich with a second piece of bread. Spread white sauce (thick!) on top of each sandwich, and smother with remaining gruyere.
Step 6) Bake sandwiches at 350 degrees for 6 – 8 minutes, or until the cheese inside of the sandwiches is melted. Switch oven to broil for 1 or 2 minutes, to bubble and brown the tops of your croque monsieur.