When it comes to food, the french love over-complicating things… luckily for us, they usually turn out delicious, even if its just a glorified toasted sandwich….
Prepare your toast. We were making these for guests, so they were bite sized pieces, but you can use exactly the same technique for regular slices of bread. Whilst you’re making the toast, prepare the following: (quantities are more or less enough for 3 small baguettes)
2 cups milk, heated
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups grated Gruyere (you can also get away with Edam, or even Cheddar)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (not really french, but it works!)
a pinch of nutmeg
freshly ground pepper
some french mustard
Spread some mustard and ham on half the pieces, and cover with another piece of toast.
In a small pan, melt the butter and then mix in the flour. We used spelt, hence the slightly darker colour.
Slowly add the hot milk and nutmeg, stirring continuously.
As soon as you notice the mixture starting to thicken, reduce the heat to minimum, and add the gruyere. Stir until the cheese melts.
Spoon the mix over the toast, sprinkle with the Parmesan and a little pepper, and place under the grill for a couple of minutes.
Voila! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, there IS a croque Madame… it’s exactly the same as the croque monsieur, only covered with a fried egg!
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