French Goodness

  • So I made this slightly wrong.  I forgot the Mornay Sauce which is a cheese sauce.  That probably would have made it even more delicious.  I wanted something tonight that was easy, good with wine, and slightly quick.  With my burnt orange sweater wrapped around me, I made this quickly.  It was wonderful! For Croque-Monsieur, please visit this site.
  • croque madame
  • Croque-Madame

2  tablespoons  melted butter
4  slices sourdough or white sandwich bread
4  slices good-quality cooked ham
1 1/2  tablespoons  Dijon mustard (optional)
1  cup  grated Gruyère or Emmentaler cheese, divided
1  cup Mornay Sauce
2  eggs, cooked sunny-side up or over easy

Preheat broiler. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Butter bread on all sides, and top 2 of the slices with ham and, if desired, a smear of Dijon. Top with 1/2 cup cheese, and cover with remaining bread slices. Place sandwiches in skillet, pressing gently with back of spatula. Let cook about 1 to 2 minutes or until bottom is lightly golden.

Top sandwiches in skillet with Mornay Sauce and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Place skillet in oven, and broil 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and bubbly, taking care not to burn. Top with egg, and serve immediately.

Makes 1 sandwich.

Mornay Sauce

1  tablespoon  unsalted butter
1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
1  cup  whole or 2% reduced-fat milk
1/8  teaspoon  salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
1/2  cup  coarsely grated Gruyère or Comté cheese (about 4 ounces)

Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. (Do not let mixture brown.) Add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a low boil, and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese. Use immediately.

Makes 1 cup.
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