Tired of plain ole ham, egg and cheese sandwiches and omelets? Well the French knew what they were doing when they fashioned the Croque Monsieur!! It is basically a ham and cheese sandwich on slices of French bread, dipped in egg, fried , then topped with a savory and cheesy bechamel sauce and broiled until golden!! Absolutely Amazing!! Why not prepare my version tonite for a step towards realizing your inner gourmet and bistro swagger!!
3 Cheese Croque Monsieur
12 slices french bread
12 oz. deli style ham
6 slices Swiss cheese
6 slices Provolone
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 3/4 c. milk
4 oz. white Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. pancake mix or flour
1/4 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder
olive oil for drizzling
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450*F.
In a heavy bottomed saucepan or skillet over medium heat, heat butter and olive oil until small bubbles form. Whisk in pancake mix and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 1/2 c. milk. Place back over heat cook for several minutes to thicken and stir in cheese and spices. Season to taste with S and P. Keep warm over low heat.
Heat a cast iron skillet or large saute pan to medium high heat and drizzle with olive oil. You may also use a non stick spray. Meanwhile add remaining milk to beaten eggs.
Assemble sandwiches by adding one slice each type cheese to bread and adding 2 oz. ham and close.
Dip both sides of sandwich in egg mixture and fry until golden on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to baking sheet. Once all sandwiches have been browned, spread equal amounts of Cheddar sauce atop each sandwich and broil in oven until sauce is bubbling and browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for several minutes before serving. Makes 6