Cook The Book Fridays (CtBF), is a group of bloggers who are currently cooking/baking from David Lebovitz's cookbook, My Paris Kitchen. This week's selected recipe is Fried Ham And Cheese Sandwich, or Croque-Monsieur.
Sourdough Bread, an easy and quick sourdough version from Rachel Allen's recipe.
There's a bechamel sauce that needs to be made first. The sauce takes sometime to thicken when it was taken off the heat, so best prepare in advance. Mine took about 40 minutes to thicken.
To make the Croque-Monsieur, the bechamel sauce is spread ovenly over the four slices of bread. Place a piece of ham over two of the bread slices, top with slices of cheese, then with another piece of ham. Place the two remaining slices of bread over, and brush the outsides of the bread with a generous amount of melted butter. I thought the ham slices were a little too big, but the photo in the book with the ham slices peeking out from between the bread slices looks so nice.
Heat a grill pan over medium heat, Place the sandwiches in the pan, cover with a piece of foil, then rest a heavy pot or pan over the foil. Cook until the bottom of the sandwiches are golden with grilled marks. Turn over carefully and repeat on the other side.
Scatter some grated cheese over the top of the sandwiches and put it under the broiler to broil the sandwiches until the cheese melts. Serve immediately.
I wanted to add a sunny-side egg to make Croque-Madame, but I thought that this Croque-Monsieur is filling enough!
This is indeed very filling! Love the melting cheese and the tasty bechamel sauce. I made this for brunch, with a cup of warm tea and it was good. If you would like to give it a try, you can get the recipe here. It would be all the better to get the book and join us!
I wonder what the other lovely ladies at CtBF made, Croque-Monsieur or Croque-Madame? Drop by CtBF to find out!