Sandwiches

Croque monsieur

Croque monsieur is the cheesy goodness! The only words to describe this sandwich are yummy, cheesy and delicious! Loaded with gruyere cheese, a creamy white sauce, ham slices and toasted white bread slices! Just absolutely luscious! đŸ€€

Ingredients for sandwich

Bread: White bread.

Béchamel: All- purpose flour, butter, milk, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, white pepper, and salt.

Ham: Regular sliced. I used Black Forest ham.

Cheese: Gruyere cheese, shredded.

How to make the sandwich

Making the béchamel: In a heavy bottom saucepan or pot on a low to medium heat add your butter. Once melted, add your flour. Use a hand whisk to mix the mixture and form a roux. Once a roux is formed, cook for about 1-2 minutes, making sure there is no leftover flour. Pour in your milk and mix well. Make sure everything comes together before moving to the next step. Bring to a light boil. You will notice it slowly thickening, so make sure you are constantly mixing it. To check if your sauce is thick enough, dip your spoon into the pot and make a swipe mark with your finger on the back of the spoon. If there is a clear line going through, then your sauce is thick enough and is ready for the next step. If not, make sure you keep mixing it and check again with the spoon technique.Take sauce off heat and add your parmesan cheese, nutmeg and white pepper. Mix and add salt if needed. Cool down the sauce by using a ice water bath. Use only chilled sauce for the sandwich.

Putting sandwich together: Toast your bread, then spread with béchamel on both slices. on one slice ad cheese, ham, cheese and top with the other bread slice.  Place onto a sheet pan with parchment paper. On top of the sandwich, add more sauce and cheese. Bake at 400F until cheese is melted and slightly golden on top. About 15-20 minutes!

Questions Asked

What is an ice water bath?

Equal parts cold water and ice.

How to cool down the sauce?

Cool down the sauce in a ice water bath. Add your sauce into a measuring cup. Into a big bowl place your measuring cup that is filled with your sauce. Add ice cubes and cold water around your measuring cup reaching about half way making sure no water or ice gets into it. Constantly mix with a spoon to evenly cool down the sauce.

Croque monsieur

Croque monsieur is the cheesy goodness! The only words to describe this sandwich are yummy, cheesy and delicious! Loaded with gruyere cheese, a creamy white sauce, ham slices and toasted white bread slices! Just absolutely luscious! đŸ€€

Ingredients
  

  • 2 white bread slices
  • 3 slices of ham, regular sliced
  • 3/4 cup of shredded Gruyere cheese
  • Bechamel sauce

Bechamel sauce

  • .50 oz of all-purpose flour
  • .50 oz of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk
  • 1 tbsp of shredded parmesean cheese
  • 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp of white pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

How to make béchamel

  • In a heavy bottom saucepan or pot on a low to medium heat add your butter. Once melted, add your flour. Use a hand whisk to mix the mixture and form a roux. Once a roux is formed, cook for about 1-2 minutes, making sure there is no leftover flour.
  • Pour in your milk and mix well. Make sure everything comes together before moving to the next step.
  • Bring to a light boil. You will notice it slowly thickening, so make sure you are constantly mixing it. To check if your sauce is thick enough, dip your spoon into the pot and make a swipe mark with your finger on the back of the spoon. If there is a clear line going through, then your sauce is thick enough and is ready for the next step. If not, make sure you keep mixing it and check again with the spoon technique.
  • Take sauce off heat and add your parmesan cheese, nutmeg and white pepper. Mix and add salt if needed. Cool down the sauce by using a ice water bath. Use only chilled sauce for the sandwich.

Putting the Sandwich together

  • Lightly toast your bread slices in a toaster. Spread bĂ©chamel on both slices generously. Top one bread slice with cheese, ham and cheese. Then close up your sandwich with your other bread slice. Place onto a sheet pan with parchment paper and top your sandwich with some sauce and cheese.
  • Place into a preheated oven on 400F and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and is turning slightly golden on top! Enjoy!

Notes

Tip** When adding the cheese in between and on top of the sandwich, I added 1/4 of cup in each section which = 3/4 cup of cheese!

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