Heathman's chef Michael Stanton makes this open-faced creation, beginning with a lightly toasted hoagie roll layered with creamy Mornay sauce. Stanton then adds a generous portion of deli-style sliced ham and tops it off with a layer of Swiss cheese. The sandwich toasts under the broiler, allowing the cheese to melt into a caressing quilt.
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Come the cold nights of January? I'm ready for a dressed-up ham and cheese sandwich. The croque monsieur is a total comfort food sandwich. Warm cheese, salty ham, and tangy mustard.
This makes a classic white sauced-topped croque-monsieur. If using a storebought gluten-free bread that comes in small slices (like Udi's) consider making a few additional sandwiches.
While I wouldn't've minded it heated a little more, and a little cheesier on top, for $3.50 I have no complaints.
Croque-monsieur is, very simply, a grilled ham and cheese; the easy addition of a fried egg on top transforms it into a croque-madame. There are many different versions of this classic French fast food, including smothering the final product with cheesy mornay sauce. Here I've opted for the plain version, but as with any sandwich, you should feel free to explore all the different variations until you create your own perfect version.
I'm a fan of the croque monsieur as a breakfast item—staring at you from the pastry case, waiting to be heated back into melty deliciousness. And lately, I've been loving the croque at Joyce Bakeshop ($4).
What happens when Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy, goes to Paris? She eats many butter-based pastries—in fact, she hit up at least one pâtisserie in each of the 20 arrondissements! But to prevent insanity, she had to squeeze in a few non-sweet bites too. Read about her savory escapades, from the best Croque Madame and Monsieurs to falafel on "Falafel Row" to burgers from a kosher deli, and great pizza from a cheap takewaway.
[Photograph: Blake Royer] Sometimes I wonder if my fascination with putting fried eggs on everything will ever abate. Is it a childish notion, or lazy cooking habit? Whether it's my recent meal of lentils, greens, and eggs, or a black...
"Two cheeses, two types of meat, brown sugar and maple syrup?" As a great lover of sandwiches, I keep many near and dear to my heart. The turkey club with its three slices of toasted white bread topped with mayo,...
This classic French sandwich with a tiny, maybe-almost-healthy twist is another strong contender for the best lunch I ate last month in Paris.