I would like a recipe for Croque Monsieur. Does anyone have one to share?
Sarah Sullivan, Bradenton
Cindy Shea of Spring Hill shares a recipe she found on the Williams-Sonoma website. The Croque Monsieur is a Parisian cafe classic and a twist on a traditional grilled ham and cheese sandwich. If you've never made a Mornay sauce, it's easy but very rich. Make sure you cook the roux adequately so there is no flour taste to the sauce. A roux is equal parts fat and flour and is a thickener for sauces. In this case the fat is the butter. This delicious sandwich has a lot of flavor going on with the cheese sauce, mustard and ham. I love the white mountain bread from the Publix bakery and that's what I used.
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