Mini Croque Monsieurs

Mini Croque Monsieurs
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Mini Croque Monsieurs
BakedBree.com

Mini Croque Monsieurs

These appetizer-size sandwiches were served at the Julia Child 100th Birthday Celebration held at the Consulate General of France in New York by Les Dames d'Escoffier of New York (LDNY) and the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF).

8
Servings
295
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the béchamel sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups whole milk, warmed over low heat
  • 1/2 Cup grated Jarlsberg
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the sandwiches

  • 16 slices brioche or white bread
  • 1/4 Cup Dijon mustard
  • 16 slices French or Black Forest ham
  • 2 Cups béchamel sauce
  • 8 slices plus 1/2 cup grated Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

Directions

For the béchamel sauce

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until no longer raw, for about 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens. Add the grated cheese off the heat and stir until it melts. Season with the nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

For the sandwiches

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Brush one side of 8 pieces of the bread with the Dijon mustard. Place 1 slice of ham over the mustard, cover with béchamel sauce, and add the second slice of ham and 1 slice of cheese. Place another piece of bread over the cheese and gently press on each sandwich.

Brush both sides of the sandwiches with the melted butter and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and sauté the sandwiches until golden brown on both sides.

Transfer the sandwiches to the baking sheet and cover the tops with béchamel sauce, saving any extra for another use. Top with the grated Jarlsberg cheese and place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake until the cheese turns golden, about 4-5 minutes — be careful not to let the cheese burn.

Trim the crusts from the sandwiches with a serrated knife and cut each into 4 squares. Serve immediately. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
47mg
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
24g
18%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin A, RAE
109µg
16%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
326mg
33%
Choline, total
18mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
47µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
25mg
8%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
258mg
37%
Selenium, Se
18µg
33%
Sodium, Na
662mg
44%
Water
71g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Croque Monsieur Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

Croque Monsieur Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!