Croque-monsieur is a French sandwich by definition or at least I grew up thinking that way. But you can adopt the idea and make of it what you want. I am giving you my halal version of it since I can't eat ham.
Ingredientsfor 2 persons
Prep: 5 min/ Cooking 10 min
- 4 slices sandwich bread (your fav)
- 2 tbps of butter
- 2 heaped tbps of crème fraiche (or bechamel if you have it ready)
- 2 slices of cold cuts (in my case halal smoked Turkey breast cuts)
- 4 tbsp of grated gruyère and edam or your fav cheese
Optional but nice
Preheat the oven at 220 degrees C.
Line up the bread slices.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. quickly soak the bread slices in it and toast them right there, in the same pan, until you get a nice and crispy side. This should take 30 seconds per side if the pan is hot (I do it for both sides of the bread slice).
Take the bread off the heat. Brush half of the crème fraiche evenly on the inner side of the bread that you want to have as a base for your sandwich. This will give the croque-monsieur a nice moist late. Keep the other half of crème fraiche for the top sides of the sandwich.
Add the smoked beef or turkey slice in each sandwich. Sprinkle the cheese (or keep it as slices).
Sometimes, I add some pepper and some green salad (Arugula in this case).
Top the sandwich with the other slice of bread. Brush the top sides with the remaining crème fraiche and finish by sprinkling the rest of the cheese. Add more to your liking.
Bake the sandwich for 5 minutes then on position "grill" for 2 minutes". The cheese should be melted and lightly coloured at the top.
Serve with a fresh salad on the side.
If you are going to eat this few minutes later, keep it in aluminium foil in a warm oven. This way you keep it moist for at least 20 min. I hate dry croque-monsieur!
NB: for a version of croque-madame, skip the cheese topping and replace but a fried egg at the time of serving.
Et bon appétit!