Yay to April and National Grilled Cheese Month! I thought I would feature one of my favorite grilled cheese recipes, Croque Monsieur, from my latest cookbook “400 Best Sandwiches: from Classics & Burgers to Wraps and Condiments”. This French-style ham and cheese sandwich typically has Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese. It originated in France as a fast food snack in cafes and bars. It’s so easy to prepare, and it’s the ideal comfort food. Be sure to check out my lightened up variation as well.
1⁄2 cup milk 125 mL
2 eggs, lightly beaten 2
8 slices white or French bread (1⁄2-inch/1 cm thick slices) 8
1⁄3 cup Dijon mustard 75 mL
8 ounce thinly sliced ham 250 g
8 ounce Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced 250 g
1 tablespoon butter 15 mL
1. In a shallow dish, whisk together milk and eggs. Set aside.
2. Place bread slices on a work surface. Spread mustard equally over 4 bread slices. Arrange ham and cheese equally over mustard and top with remaining bread slices, pressing together gently. Dip sandwiches, one at a time, in milk mixture turning to coat.
3. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Fry sandwiches for 3 minutes per side or until golden. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.
Tip: This would also be great using an 8 oz (250 g) party bread loaf or any small bread for appetizers.
Variation: To lighten, substitute low-fat milk for the milk and 2 egg whites for the eggs.
Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.