Croque Monsieur – The Glorified Ham and Grilled Cheese

Croque MonsieurHam and Cheese? Really?

The Croque Monsieur is a French bistro sandwich, so we bring the French cheese and the Russian ham together on French Pullman  bread for an absolutely sublime sandwich.

Not to get political here, but I happen to live in a neighborhood that has Russian style ham, that I love because it has very good flavor, thinly sliced, not watery like most American ham.  Then, when I went to get Russian ham, the store I went to didn’t have any, but that had something even better, Moscow style ham.  The Moscow ham has a peppered outside and whole pieces of garlic studded inside.  When you get a paper-thin slice of ham, you might also get a paper-thin slice of roasted garlic, too.  It is unimaginably good!

This kind of truly special ham deserves a really good cheese.  You may have heard of Jarlsberg, which is a quite good Swiss type of cheese, firm and nutty in flavor.  There is one that I like better, Madrigal, a French cheese, almost the same as Jarlsberg, but has more of a buttery flavor. It’s wonderful sliced thin with the Moscow ham.

I recently started baking Pain de Mie, a French sandwich bread, cooked in a special square Pullman, that makes sandwich bread, great for toasting and grilling.  It’s a perfect for this sandwich.

Croque Monsieur - The Glorified Ham and Cheese Grilled Sandwich
Recipe type: Sandwich
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 2 sandwiches
Using Moscow style ham takes this sandwich into the stratosphere!
  • 4 slices Moscow ham
  • 2 sliced Madrigal cheese
  • 4 slices Pain de Mie
  • 2 tablespoons good mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or Russian mustard
  • 1 teaspoon butter, cut into quarters
  1. Mix the mustard and mayonnaise together and spread on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Put 1 slice of ham on each piece of bread, folded.
  3. Break apart a slice of the cheese, and put half on the ham, then top with more ham. The pieces of cheese are large, so don't worry about being skimpy.
  4. Have ready a good cast iron or stainless steel skillet. Heat the skillet on medium.
  5. Put 2 of the pieces of butte that you cut, let it melt, then put the sandwich on the butter.
  6. Reduce the flame to low immediately and cook, covered, for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bread has browned. Turn over and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat, cut and serve.
  8. These are excellent with a pickle.



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