Croque Monsieur with Béchamel Sauce

Photo by Terry D.

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

2

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

2

servings

Ingredients

  • Sauce:

  • 3

    tablespoons butter

  • 3

    tablespoons  flour

  • 2 1/4

    cups whole milk

  • 3/4

    teaspoon sea salt

  • 3

    ⁄8 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1

    ⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Sandwich:

  • 4

    slices Costco Country French

  • Bread, cut 1/2-inch thick

  • 3

    teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 10

    ounces Virginia or Black

  • Forest ham

  • 1 1/2

    cups grated Comté,

  • Gruyère or Emmenthaler

  • cheese (about 6 ounces)

Directions

Prepare the béchamel sauce: Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in  flour, stirring, for 1 minute. Slowly add milk, in ¾-cup increments. Continue stirring until sauce thickens, about 8 to 10 minutes. Bring sauce to a boil and keep stirring for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add seasonings and stir until evenly distributed. Pour into a glass container and cover surface with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cooled and thickened, 30 to 60 minutes. Prepare the sandwiches: Preheat oven to 400°F. Lay 2 slices of bread on counter. Spread 1½ teaspoons Dijon on each slice. Spread ¼ cup béchamel sauce over Dijon on each slice. Divide ham and lay over béchamel. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons cheese over ham on each sandwich and top with remaining slices of bread. Spread 4 tablespoons béchamel over each top slice. Divide remaining cheese over béchamel. Place sandwiches on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Remove from oven. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Cut in half if desired.

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