Thursday, February 17, 2011

Croque Monsieur (French Gilled Cheese Sandwich)

Catagory: Main Dish
Difficulty: Easy
Not Healthy AT ALL!

Alan and I had this terrific French version of "Grilled Cheese" at a little hole-in-the-wall cafe in San Francisco called "Arlequin". Small tables, friendly folks, great food. Very neighbor-hoody! Not that they all wear hoodies, but the neighborhood people do seem to go there. Anyhoo, they used really good sliced San Francisco sour-dough bread, truly wonderful imported Emanthaller Swiss cheese, thick deli-cut slices of Black Forest ham and Dijon mustard. I honestly think that there are elves curing hams in the Black Forest. That's what makes it super-melt-in-yer-mouth good. Have this with Sherried Tomato soup (see next blog entry) and slices of crisp apple!

Ingredients:

2 slices from a large round sour-dough French Bread
butter
1 t Dijon mustard
3 pieces thin deli-sliced Swiss cheese
4-5 pieces thin deli-sliced ham
More butter



1)Take one slice of a round of sour-dough French bread. Butter one side and lay it, buttered side down on a work-surface.

2)Put approx. 1 t. Dijon mustard on the unbuttered side.

3)Then take a couple of pieces of deli-sliced swiss (imported is best).
Put them on top of the Dijon.

4)Put some sliced ham on top of that (about 1/4 inch of GOOD ham)

5)Put another piece of swiss on top of that.

6)Butter another slice of bread and put it, buttered side up, on top of the Swiss.

7) Place in a hot pan with more butter. (unsalted butter is best, but optional)

8) Cook, until the swiss melts on the cooked side, and it browns. Flip the whole thing over.

9) Repeat 8. Smash the sandwich down with a spatula to make it melt together before serving.

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