They go together like good ham and gruyere cheese; Croque Monsieur

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This weekend I was l honored to witness and celebrate the marriage of my very close friend’s Jamey and Phil. After 15 years of sharing their lives together, it couldn’t have been more special. With over a hundred friends and family of the couple, we celebrated over many drinks and delicious food at the Proximity Hotel. And, a lotta dancing. By the look of the photos, we had a blast. It was just as everyone could expect – a party that no one would forget! Thanks to J&P for including me in so many special moments throughout the years and this very special occasion.

In honor of things that go together just perfectly, I present the most amazing sandwich – the Croque Monsieur. Jamey and Phil go together like good ham and gruyere cheese…over buttery toast and bechamel sauce. Classic, luxurious and timeless!

I enjoyed this recipe with my mom and her BFF Debbie a couple weeks ago for Sunday supper. Enjoy with a light salad and good crisp white wine.

Croque Monsieur

Makes 4 servings

For the Bechamel, melt:
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4th Cup all purpose flour
Whisk in:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Sandwiches
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 slices artisan-style white bread
  • 8 slices good cooked ham
  • 4 oz Shredded Gruyere (about 2 cups)
  • Chopped parsley
Preheat broiler to high with rack 6 inches from the element.
For the Bechamel, melt the butter in a saucepan, heat until foamy, whisk in flour and cook roux 1 minute.
Whisk in milk, combine completely, Whisk in Dijon and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook until slightly thickened.
For the sandwiches, spread butter on both sides of bread and toast on both sides.
Cover one side of the bread slices with 2 Tbsp bechamel, ham, and Gruyere cheese.
Broil until brown and bubbly! Garnish with parsley!!!!

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