April 28, 2011

The Croque Monsieur

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  Bread, butter, and cheese can not go wrong.  But there's grilled cheese sandwiches, and there's the Croque Monsieur, the classic French sandwich which essentially stacks ham and swiss cheese and grills it between two buttery slices of bread.  Oh, and there's an egg.  You all know how I feel about eggs.

This is actually a pretty simple sandwich to make.  I started by mixing Dijon mustard and Mayonnaise.  I spread this combination very thinly on two slices of bread.

Then I layered some swiss cheese,

and some ham,

and a little more Swiss cheese for good measure.

To finish assembling, I seasoned the inside with salt and pepper and sandwiched the sandwich with another piece of bread.

Next comes the grilled part.  I melted some butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Once the butter was melted, I placed the sandwich into the skillet and grilled on each side for about 5 minutes each, until the bread was golden brown and the cheese was good and melted.

So that's a grilled cheese sandwich.  Granted, a grilled ham and cheese, but grilled nonetheless.  To make this grilled cheese sandwich into a Croque Monsieur, follow this step:

Fry an egg.

Then put that fried egg on top of the sandwich formally known as grilled cheese but which now goes by Croque Monsieur. 

And that's it!  I sliced it down the middle so the lovely, delicious, golden egg yolk could shine.

This is a rich and decadent sandwich that really is just a classic all dressed up.  And that's why I love it.  It's classic, it's special, and it's delicious.  And I like all those things.

So good.  Here's the recipe:

Croque Monsieur (makes 1 sandwich)

2 slices white sandwich bread
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
sliced swiss cheese (I used Jarlsberg.  It was YUM.)
Thinly sliced smoked ham
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg

Mix the mustard and mayonnaise together and spread thinly on each slice of bread.

Build the sandwich starting with sliced cheese, then ham, then more cheese, and season with salt and pepper  before layering the top piece of bread.

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet.  Place the assembled sandwich in the melted butter and grill on each side, for about 5 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.  Remove from the skillet.

Crack one egg in the skillet, being careful not to break the yolk, and fry.  When egg is finished, place it on top of the sandwich. 

Slice down the middle and enjoy!  Simple, easy, and decadent!

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