Croque Monsieur

Ingredients

  • 8 slices thick country style bread
  • 8 slices of ham
  • 1 ½ cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 teaspoon FRENCH PANTRY Herbs de Provence Herb Blend

    Bechamel Sauce:

    • ¼ cup unsalted butter
    • ¼ cup all purpose flour
    • 1 ½ cups whole milk
    • 2 Tablespoons FRENCH PANTRY Bordeaux Wild Pepper Mustard
    • ½ teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg
    • FRENCH PANTRY Sel Gris Salt

      Instructions

      Preheat oven to 425°F degrees and place a Medium Bonmat on a Medium Perforated Baking Sheet and set aside.

      Prepare Bechamel easily on your stovetop:

      Place butter, flour and milk in your saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously until sauce is smooth and thickened. Once sauce is thick (approx. 5-7 minutes), remove from heat and whisk in mustard & nutmeg. Taste and add salt as needed. The Bechamel can be made ahead of time and cooled in the fridge for up to one day.

      To assemble the sandwiches:

      Place 4 bread slices on the Bonmat and spread generously with ½ of the Bechamel. Reserve the other ½ for the next step. Layer ham and ½ of the cheese on top of the Bechamel. Top each sandwich with a second piece of bread and spread Bechamel on top of that slice of bread. Top Bechamel with remaining cheese and sprinkle each sandwich with herb blend. Bake 12-15 minutes until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling.

      The love is real! Baked ham and cheese with creamy Bechamel oozing with each bite!

       

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