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Croque monsieur: original French recipe

The croque monsieur is a typical French sandwich that is considered a gourmet product especially because the use of quality ingredients can really make a difference.

It is a sandwich in which cheese dominates over the rest of the flavors and at first glance it might seem like a simple grilled cheese sandwich if it was not for all the cautions that are added, for example the use of béchamel.

The recipe that I follow comes from the French chef Michel Roux Jr who as a first thinglightly grinds the bread; you can skip this and go directly to the second stage with the bechamel which can be prepared at home following this recipe or can be purchased ready.

Warning: the croque monsieur does not come with the egg on top, which is instead added in the Madame Croque.

Croque monsieur: ingredients for 4

For the béchamel
1 teaspoon of flour
400 ml of whole milk
Grated nutmeg
Salt

For the sandwich
8 slices of bread
2 tablespoons butter
Mustard
280 grams of grated cheeses
160 grams of ham
Black pepper

Croque monsieur: recipe

  1. Prepare the bechamel sauce by following this recipe and using the ingredients above. Turn the oven to 180°.
  2. Grate the bread lightly and then take 4 slices of bread and butter one side of each slice, sprinkle it with plenty of mustard as well.
  3. Add a generous layer of béchamel sauce followed by grated cheese and cooked ham.
  4. Add a second slice of bread on each of the four by slightly pressing and then pour the more béchamel and more grated cheese.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden and serve hot.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

 

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Veruska Anconitano
Veruska is a food and wine travel journalist awarded as Best Food Travel Journalist. Sommelier, in addition to cooking and traveling, she is often called upon to tell his experience during events and seminars.
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