Friday, April 15, 2016

CtBF ~ Croque-Monsieur


CtBF ~ Croque-Monsieur

This week for CooktheBookFridays we are making a Croque-Monsieur. Literally a fried ham and cheese sandwich. But what a sandwich!




There is a very quaint restaurant about twenty minutes from my house called Hotel Fauchere. It's located in Milford, Pa. My husband takes me there every year for my birthday, and Mother's Day. The food is fabulous. They have a lovely little atrium, that overlooks their garden, where brunch is served. My favorite meal of the day. It was first established in 1852 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Why am I telling you this? Because this is the first place where I enjoyed a Croque-Madame. A Croque-Monsieur with an egg on top!

This room is bright and sunny...and overlooks the garden.

Start by making a béchamel sauce. Butter melted in a saucepan, then flour is added. Once it starts to bubble, cook for a minute, then add milk and whisk in until smooth. Once the béchamel is made, put it aside to cool and thicken. Then start your sandwich by using a nice rustic bread. Spread each slice of bread with the béchamel sauce. Then layer on the ham and cheese. I used Prosciutto and Gruyère. I used my panini maker to grill these, and then put them under the broiler to melt the additional grated cheese that gets sprinkled on top. This was a marvelous lunch. I served them with some cornichons, French gherkin pickles. This has just become my hubby's new favorite! Happy Friday everyone!


This post participates with CooktheBookFridays. We are a group of bloggers cooking through David Lebovitz's cookbook, "My Paris Kitchen". We don't post recipes from the book unless they have been previously posted. Here is a very similar version that was found on-line.


Spread the bread with Béchamel sauce, layer with ham and cheese then place on grill 
Once grilled sprinkle with additional cheese and place under the broiler


A terrific sandwich....
And a fantastic lunch


19 comments:

  1. Hi Kathy:)
    What a charming place. I will surely have to look into it as I am not that far from Milford.

    I am a huge brunch fan myself. I haven't had a good Croque-Monsieur in such a long time I can almost taste it. Oh my, I really should do something about that especially since April is Grilled Cheese Month, lol...

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy...

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  2. Yours looks delicious and the restaurant seems so lovely! Surely a treat...

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  3. A lovely place for brunch you showcased there! Your Croque-Monsieur looks 'elegant'.

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  4. Croque Monsieur with an egg on top at Hotel Fauchere. This is so memorable. More than just a delicious sandwich. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Looks like a lovely place to celebrate your birthday. I could easily see whiling away the better part of my day in such a place.

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  6. What a beautiful restaurant. Your version of the Croque looks pretty tasty - I wouldn't say no.

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  7. Totally agree, a terrific sandwich and a fantastic lunch!
    That's a charming restaurant!

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  8. I love the idea of pickles with the sandwich- light but some "green". Your favorite restaurant looks lovely

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  9. The cornichons look like the perfect side for the sandwich - the prosciutto and Gruyere are rich and fantastic and RICH. What a lovely restaurant! I would definitely look forward to those two meals a year at Hotel Fauchere.

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  10. Yours looks so gorgeous, Kathy, and cornichons are a perfect accompaniment. I love the sound of that restaurant. Quaint places like that are such a treat. So nice that you have a tradition of stopping there twice a year.

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  11. Now, Kathy, what is not to love about this sandwich of yours. It looks beautiful and, if you made it, must have been decadently delicious. Of course Bill would put this at #1. Thanks for sharing your restaurant experience with us. In the East you have all kinds of restaurants like this and lovely building on The Register. Unfortunately we westerners can enjoy very few of those experiences.

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  12. What a charming place! I guess you'll be going there is a few weeks for Mother's Day. Enjoy!
    This was awesome! Cornichons on the side is a great idea. I'll remember that for next time.

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  13. What a lovely place to visit--great tradition! I first made croque monsieur after watching the film It's Complicated (though I'd eaten it in France before). Really does take the sandwich to new levels!

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  14. Your sandwich looks so good! The photos make me want to make this yet again. I thought about using my panini press; I'm happy to know it works so well.

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  15. That restaurant looks gorgeous and relaxing (while still elegant)! And it'll be Mother's Day again soon, so you'll be returning within weeks! How can this sandwich not be someone's favorite? It's sort of dangerous to know this recipe. :)

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