In high school I took four years of French and my taste buds were constantly tantalized by the wide variety of textures and tastes available in French food. Enter the croque-monsieur. This sandwich is a delectable version of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, but since this is a vegetarian blog and I don't eat ham, I decided to tackle this recipe vegetarian style. You can find the original post at Not a Leaf.
-2 tablespoons butter, plus another tablespoon to spread on the bread
-1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
-1 cup milk (I used nonfat)
-1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
-1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper each
-4 slices French loaf
-4-6 oz. Gruyere cheese (cut into slices, and some grated)
-1 tomato, thinly sliced
-2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
|Slice the bread and tomato, grate the cheese.|
|Melt the butter.|
|Stir in the flour and stir for thirty seconds.|
|Add the milk and stir until the mixture thickens and forms a sauce.|
|In a large skillet build sandwiches, butter on the skillet side of the bread.|
Spread mustard on all sandwiches.
|Top with cheese.|
|Add tomato, top with more cheese and a slice of buttered bread.|
You don't want to cook the sandwiches all the way, but you want to get the sandwiches crisp.
|Place the sandwiches on a lined baking sheet.|
Top with the beschamel sauce.
|Bake for 5-10 minutes.|
Broil for 3-5 minutes with the oven door open.
|Broil the sandwiches with the door opened until the top is golden brown.|