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Croques Monsieurs

Croques Monsieurs

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 slices  firm white bread
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced swiss, plus 2 oz. shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp. butter over high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the broiler. Arrange 4 slices of bread on a baking sheet. Top each with one-quarter of the milk and sliced cheese. Spread one-quarter of the milk sauce over each sandwich; top with the remaining bread slices. Carefully spread the outsides of the sandwiches with the remaining 2 tbsp. butter. Broil, turning once, until the bread is lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. remove the baking sheet from the oven. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and broil the sandwiches again until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Meanwhile, drizzle the tomatoes with the sherry vinegar and EVOO; season with salt. Remove the sandwiches, slice in half and serve immediately with the tomatoes.
Tip An extra buck will buy you ...
  • ... a cabbage slaw side. Saute 2 cups red cabbage with 1 tbsp. butter and a pinch salt.