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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Open Faced Croque Monsieur

A few weeks ago I had the most amazing Croque Monsieur for lunch.  It was incredibly rich, and I savored every bite.  I knew I had to make a version of it at home.  I went for an open faced croque monsieur.  It surprisingly easy and absolutely delicious.  I used some large french rolls for the base of the sandwich.  The b├ęchamel sauce sounds super fancy and hard, but it is just a quick white sauce.  The most expensive part of this recipe is the gruyere cheese.  It was about $7 for 8 ounces at Publix.  If you don't want to spend the money, you can substitute swiss cheese.  I used gruyere and used the leftover cheese in some mac and cheese. Either way, these sandwiches are not to be missed!

Open Faced Croque Monsieur
(Printable Recipe)

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups gruyere cheese, divided
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

4 large French rolls or hamburger buns
2 Tbsp butter, softened
3 Tbsp honey mustard dressing (O'Charley's)
24 slices thinly sliced deli ham

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute, slowly whisk in milk. Continue stirring until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, and 1 cup of the gruyere cheese.  Set aside.

Slice rolls in half and spread butter over each half.  In a medium skillet, grill each bun half, butter side down, until lightly brown.  Spread honey mustard over each roll half. Place into lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Top each bun half with 3 slices deli ham. Pour cheese sauce over top of all rolls and sprinkle with remaining gruyere cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes until hot and bubbly.

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  1. This looks damn mouthwatering,yumm!
    Greatings and thanx!

  2. I love Croque Monsieurs. This looks delicious.

  3. We made Croque Madame's last winter but our Monsieur phase wasn't in the same league with what you've made and I can see why you savored every bite - this is on my must try soon list.

  4. I have got to figure out a way to make these gluten-free. They look to die for!

  5. These look and sound fabulous!!! Love it being open faced. You sure can't beat a croque monsieur....so good!! Thanks for sharing your great recipe!! N.

  6. ohhh, that is my absolute favorite sandwich and I think doing it open face is brilliant. Thanks for a super recipe

  7. I prefer the croque madam (with egg) as one of my 3 favorite sandwiches EVER.

  8. throw eggs on top and u got croque madames!

  9. Your version of Croque Monsieur sounds fantastic!


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