Croque Monsieur

I love hot sandwiches.  I like them more than cold sandwiches.   There’s something about a hot sandwich with melted gooey cheese and crispy bread that is extra yummy!  So the other day, I was thinking about hot sandwiches and thought about a hot sandwich with a cool name – Croque Monsieur.  A croque monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich that originated in France.  They would serve them in French cafes as a snack.  The bread is dipped in an egg yolk and milk mixture – think french toast and the sandwich on the inside is just ham and cheese.   It’s often served with sweet condiments such as a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a side of some type of jelly.

When I made this the other day, I made it more savory then sweet.  And I added turkey.

Start by making the batter to dip the sandwich.  Mix 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk or cream.

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Add salt and pepper and scramble with a fork.

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Then build your sandwich.  Start with 2 pieces of bread.  Spread with butter or mustard (your preference).

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Layer each side with swiss cheese.  I am slightly OCD, so I make my sandwiches symmetrical.  However I found this to be a  meaty sandwich by doing it this way, so you could use the amount of meat and cheese that you want.  I do recommend putting a slice of cheese on each side though because it will be the glue that holds the sandwich together when it melts.

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Add ham.

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Add turkey.

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Close the sandwich.

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In a skillet melt 2 Tablespoons of butter.

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Dip the sandwich in the batter on both sides.

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Place in the frying pan.

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Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side over medium heat – until cheese is melted and outside is toasted.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:

2 slices bread
butter or mustard to spread on bread
2 slices ham
2 slices turkey
2 slices swiss cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk or cream
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons butter

In a bowl, scramble together the eggs and milk.  Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper (about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon).  Then build the sandwich.  Spread butter or mustard on bread.  Layer cheese and then meat – use as much as you desire.  In a frying pan melt 2 Tablespoons butter.  Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture on both sides and place in the frying pan.  Cook for 4-5 minutes over medium heat.  Serve and enjoy!

Caroline