Croque Monsieurs

In February’s Living, Martha had a great idea for leftover ham that I tried, the Croque Monsieur. These

Martha's pic of the Croque Monsieur minus the sauce

sandwiches are great: a simple variation on a grilled ham and cheese (essentially, you pour a bechamel sauce on top and broil. Brilliant!) that works out well. I think this is our plan for Easter ham . . .

Croque Monsieurs
Makes 4

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for bread
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese, plus 8 slices
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 thick slices rustic bread
  • 12 slices ham
  • Dijon mustard, for bread

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Add milk; bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking frequently, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add grated cheeses. Whisk until melted and smooth.
  2. Butter bread. Arrange half the slices, buttered side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Top each with 2 slices Gruyere and 3 slices ham. Spread mustard onto unbuttered sides of remaining bread. Place on top of ham, buttered side up.
  3. Preheat broiler. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Cook each sandwich until golden brown and cheese melts, about 5 minutes per side. Return to baking sheet. Spoon 1/3 cup sauce over top of each sandwich. Broil until tops are bubbling and golden brown, about 3 minutes.
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