Croque-Monsieur Ingredients

This week has been CRAZY.

Croque-Monsieur

Committee meetings, website tutorials, newsletter layouts.  Sushi with a good friend, beautiful musical performance by another good friend, quality documentary-watching time with my love.  In the middle of all the HTML code, raw fish and show tunes, I couldn’t find any time to post this recipe until now.

I’m sorry my friends.  Will you forgive me?

Green Salad with Creamy Balsamic

This week called for a quick, throw-it-together-in-30-minutes dinner.  Hearty.  Cheesy.  With a healthy dose of carbs (quick note: I never shy away from carbs.  They are one of the things that make life magical). 

Croque-Monsieur

Hello croque-monsieur.

Open-faced French sandwich.  Thick sliced sourdough bread, ham, Gruyere cheese, béchamel sauce.  Some mashed fingerling potatoes stacked on as well.  Cuz it wasn’t feeling quite filling enough as is.

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I also added a little green leaf and creamy balsamic on the side.  For color.  And to pretend like this is a healthy and nutritious meal (spoiler alert: not so much

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).  BUT, it’s delicious.  And easy.  And filling.  And if you have a completely insane week full of stage readings and inDesign files, this is going to hit the spot.  Yum.  THG

Croque-Monsieur

Croque-Monsieur

2 lbs. fingerling potatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

1 loaf day-old sourdough bread

1 garlic clove, smashed

1 cup béchamel sauce (recipe below)

1/2 lb. thin sliced ham

1/2 lb. Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced

Béchamel sauce:

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2 Tbsp. flour

1 cup milk, at room temperature

Sea salt and pepper to taste

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  When melted, whisk in flour until a smooth paste develops.  Do not allow flour mixture to brown.  Whisk in milk, sea salt and pepper.  Whisk over medium heat until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

In a medium-size bowl, toss fingerling potatoes with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.  Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast until fork-tender, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.  Lightly mash potatoes until just mixed but not completely smooth.  Set aside.

Cut sourdough into 8 1” slices.  Toast lightly in a toaster.  Rub each toasted slice with smashed garlic clove.  Spoon approximately 2 Tbsp. of béchamel sauce onto each slice of bread and spread to even consistency.  Top with ham slices.  Spoon about 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes on top of ham and smooth.  Top with Gruyere slices.  Arrange sandwiches on a baking sheet.

Turn on your oven broiler to low and place the rack directly below.  Place sandwiches underneath flame and broil until cheese is bubbly, about 8-10 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through.  Serve sandwiches immediately topped with Dijon mustard.

Makes 8 sandwiches

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. honey

1/4 cup olive oil

black pepper to taste

In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together yogurt, vinegar, honey and pepper.  While whisking, slowly pour in olive oil to emulsify.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes approximately 3/4 cup dressing