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Croque Monsieur -5/16/09

What is a Croque Monsieur (Mister crunch in French)? A Croque Monsieur is a French version of the ham and cheese grilled sandwich.  The Croque Monsieur is originally served in cafés and bars as a fast food snack and then it became so popular because it is simply a crowd pleasers.   The difference between an American grilled cheese and the French version is that the French version is served with a Sauce Béchamel sauce that is oozing out of the sandwich.  Béchamel sauce is one the basic French sauce made with butter, flour, and  milk. 


Kevin does like sandwiches so I told he should try a Croque Monsieur and ever since the Croque Monsieur is his favorite sandwich. The best part of the Croque Monsieur is the combination of a crunchy bread, good ham, the best gruyere and the hot an bubbly Béchamel sauce that is for sure will satisfy your tummy!

Served on a plate with French fries!  This is a great lunch!


It is also great with a salad....

it is also good without any side dish.

Close look at the Croque Monsieur

Preparation work..

I am preparing the béchamel sauce by melting the butter.


Once the butter is melted, flour is added to the pan.


cold milk in added.... 

And then stir until it is smooth 


When the mixture is smooth, Gruyere is added

and then stirred in until the sauce all the cheese is melted. 


Next I am preparing the bread by brushing both side with butter and then leaving in on the pain until the bread turned brown

Ham is added and the Béchamel sauce is spooned in on top of the ham.


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