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A Recipe From: Paris
The classic Parisian "grilled ham and cheese" sandwich. Crispy and gooey...

Skill Level: Easy
Serves: 2

Preheat oven to 400º F. Make the béchamel: melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; add the flour, stir with a wooden spoon and cook for 2 minutes. Pour a little bit of milk and whisk thoroughly. Add the rest of the milk and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste, along with the nutmeg. Set aside. Set the four slices of bread on a cookie sheet; bake in the oven for 5 minutes; turn them over and bake an additional 2-3 minutes so that the bread is toasted on both sides. Remove from the oven. Spread a thin layer of mustard on two slices of bread; top with ham; scatter 1/3 of the grated cheese over the ham; top with second slice of bread. Smear the béchamel over the sandwiches and scatter remaining third of cheese on top. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Turn the broiler on and broil for 3 minutes until the cheese/béchamel mixture bubbles and takes a light brown coloration.

Sylvaine's tips
It's a simple sandwich that becomes exquisite when top notch ingredients are used: do choose the best boiled ham you can find and do pick up that hunk of imported cheese! Some recipes omit the béchamel sauce but I find that, without it, the Croque-monsieur can be a bit dry.

Recipe Contributed By
Joie de Vivre

Recipe Category: Other

1 tbsp butter
1 ½ tbsp flour
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
4 slices white sandwich bread
Dijon mustard Available Online
2 thick slices Jambon de Paris (good quality boiled ham)
6 oz Comté or Gruyère cheese, grated

Wine Pairings

wine Beer

wine Dry rosé

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