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A mash up of 2 favorite sandwiches - a ham and cheese sandwich is slathered with a béchamel sauce, then battered and cooked in a skillet Monte Cristo style. Top with powdered sugar and raspberry jam if desired!

Monte Cristo-Style Croque Monsieur Recipe


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

A mash up of 2 favorite sandwiches – a ham and cheese sandwich is slathered with a béchamel sauce, then battered and cooked in a skillet Monte Cristo style. Top with powdered sugar and raspberry jam if desired!


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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices bread
  • 12 deli-thin slices baked ham (about 8 oz)
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • powdered sugar and raspberry jam, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan or skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of the milk and bring to a gentle boil. Season to taste with salt, pepper, nutmeg. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and stir in the mustard.
  2. Lay out the bread and spread each piece with some of the béchamel sauce. Layer the ham and cheese on 4 pieces, then top with the other 4 pieces, béchamel side down.
  3. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and the remaining 1/2 cup of milk.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter. Soak 2 of the sandwiches in the egg mixture, then transfer to the skillet. Cook until browned and the cheese is melted, turning once, about 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and repeat with the remaining 2 sandwiches.
  5. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry jam.

Recipe Notes:

Source: slightly adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray September 2009