Cooking W/Love: Mushroom Croque-Monsieur

….or How to Make a Ham & Cheese Like a Parisian

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The Queen Mum and I went to Paris in 2005 and one sunny day we climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower. At the top there is a café and we ordered a Croque-Monsieur and thought we had died and gone to heaven. When we speak of that trip we talk about the Bastille Day Parade in the rain, my insistence to climb to the top of EVERYTHING via the stairs, and the ham & cheese sandwich we had sitting on a bench at the top of the Eiffel Tower.



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We have often talked about making those sandwiches but always felt that we might ruin the memory if we fugged up trying to reproduce the sandwich ourselves. …and THEN…Bon Appetit came out with an issue that had a section entitled “Croque Star”

Of the world’s great melted-cheese sandwiches, the French Croque-Monsieur is king. In this easy bistro menu, our version is elevated with mushrooms, a perfect mornay sauce, and just the right ham.

And they weren’t lying! OFF THE CHAIN DELICIOUS! We were in heaven tonight!

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Putting the sandwiches together.



   Spread the Mornay Sauce on Top ------------ Sprinkle on Mushroom/Shallot Mix


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    Sprinkle top w/Gruyere & Parmesan ------------ Bake in Oven


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