How To Create The Perfect Croque Monsieur
13th Sep 2017
Here at our French Bar & Bistro, Le Blaireau, we’re celebrating "National Cheese Toast Day" on the 15th September with this recipe for the deliciously iconic French interpretation - the "Croque Monsieur”.
Croque Monsieur is one of the true staples of simple French Cuisine. The name is derived from the French verb croquer, which means “to bite” and it can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch or even as a quick snack!
Here is our recipe for the perfect Croque Monsieur.
Ingredients for the béchamel sauce:
- 60g of flour
- 60g of butter
- 1 litre of milk
- A pinch of salt and pepper
- A touch of nutmeg
For the béchamel sauce, preheat the butter in a saucepan and add the flour and milk. Stir gently until the sauce thickens and the flour has melted completely. Once the sauce has gently thickened add a pinch of salt and pepper and just a touch of nutmeg (don’t overdo the nutmeg unless you want a spicy Croque Monsieur!)
Lightly toast two slices of fresh soft crust bread and butter both slices.
Spread the béchamel sauce on each slice of bread.
Next, add cheese. The traditional type of cheese to use in your Croque Monsieur would be Gruyère cheese however at Le Blaireau we like to add a slice of what we consider the best type of cheese, Comté cheese, which has a deliciously nutty taste and a creamy texture. Add your cheese on top of the béchamel sauce and toast both slices under a grill for about 5 minutes.
Add a slice of ham on one slice and sprinkle a little of the Comté cheese onto of the ham.
Place both pieces of bread together
To create the Croque Monsieur’s spouse (the Croque Madame) simply add a fried or poached egg on top to represent a hat for the lady.
Pop by for breakfast and try this simple dish in the Parisian surroundings of our French Bar & Bistro Le Blaireau, whilst reading a copy of Le Figaro and enjoy listening to the traditional French music in the background. Call reservations on 01590 624467 to book.