Sunday, June 15, 2008

Croque Monsieur Sandwiches

Croque Monsieur SandwichesI'm on a cheesy-bread kick I guess but I make no apologies. You'll find none necessary when you try this tasty bite--but better bring a fork and knife because it's rather sloppy.

Hey! That's it! This is the French version of the famous Sloppy Joe--let's call it a Sloppy Jacques!

3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
ground nutmeg to taste
8 slices of thick crusty French bread
6 ounces baked ham, sliced

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, lightly grease a baking sheet and set it aside.

In a medium saucepan melt the butter then stir in the flour, stirring carefully to form a paste then whisk in the milk. Keep whisking, scraping the bottom of the pan continually, until the mixture becomes thick and bubbly. Once it begins to boil reduce the heat and allow it to gently boil for two more minutes.

Take it off the heat and stir in the grated cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Place four slices of bread on the buttered baking sheet and spread 1/4 cup of the sauce over the slices. Cover with a slice of cheese, a slice of ham, another slice of cheese, a second slice of bread, then top with more sauce and finally with some grated cheese. Let's hope your arteries can handle this.

Bake for about 5 minutes until golden brown then serve immediately.

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Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life and all who voted at the Bloggy Hoss awards--it was so wonderful to find that nice little present waiting for me!

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18 comments:

lostparentdiary said...

Put a little exotic peppered cheese in and it becomes "El Sloppy Juan"

Kristen M. said...

Yummy. I'll be trying this recipe.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh one of my favorite treats to eat in France!

Steph

Babystepper said...

Looks delicious!

For some reason your posts are no longer coming to my bloglines account. I thought maybe you were having a serious crises here at Scribbit, but I came to check and things seem to be moving along just fine.

Jennifer said...

I should never read the recipes on your blog when I am hungry and having a "what's for dinner crisis:)".

Janet said...

Sorry, can't stop, I have to run to the store for some swiss cheese.

www.prayingforparker.com said...

Oh! Yum! And Congrats! :)

Kim Priestap said...

It looks wonderful.

Phyllis Sommer said...

ooh that sounds so good....without the meat:-) i bet i could put in a layer of sauteed mushrooms instead. mmm....delish!

bythelbs said...

This looks so gooood. It's times like these that I really feel sorry for my dairy-allergic children. Sigh.

Coleen & Kelly said...

oh this looks yummy! we make something similar using an entire loaf of french bread, that "pulls apart". yum! yum! yum!

btw... thanks for visiting a new little blog. we are big fans of yours, so it gave us goosebumps knowing you had stopped by!

poppy fields said...

Hey, you could open a bistrot over here with this recipe :)

Cole said...

OH. YUM.

I'm adding Swiss Cheese to the grocery list this week. Mmmmmm. Thanks!

Rani said...

I will never be back to pre baby weight as long as I read your recipes. I gain just looking at the photos! YUMMO!

Dolls Clothes Gal said...

Sounds yummy -that'll feed a Sumer hunger pang.

Damselfly said...

I love the Croque Madame -- made with turkey, I believe.

Jen Rouse said...

Sounds deee-licious!

Shalee said...

Yumolicios! (And congrats on your well-deserved title!)