Have you got time?


In case you are really in a hurry, then make a sandwich. I am not joking, just make one. I will not write about a simple sandwich though, as this is not the purpose of my blog. I will write about something I discovered in London (I had to go there to discover the world cuisine) though the recipe is very French. You know, it is easy to laugh about Mr. Sandwich but we all put something between 2 slices of bread and eat, when travel or we are too tired to cook. Even the French. ‘Good House Keeping Cookery Book’, 1985 provided me with:

Croque Monsieur

Serves 4-8

Ingredients:

  • 16 thin slices bread, crusts removed (I don’t understand why do I have to remove it, as it is one of the best parts in bread for me, but let’s go with the flow ones)
  • 5-10 ml (1-2 level tsp) mustard
  • 225 g (8 oz) Gruyère cheese, sliced (or Cheddar if you like or anything else, de gustibus…)
  • 225 g (8 oz) cooked ham, thinly sliced
  • 75 g (3 oz) butter, melted (remember, 80-82 % fat)

Method:

  • Spread half of the slices of bread on one side with the mustard; trim the cheese slices to fit and put them on top.
  • Trim the ham slices to fit and arrange them on top of the cheese. Top with the remaining bread.
  • Brush the sandwiches lightly with melted butter and fry for 3-5 minutes, until they are lightly browned. You can use 90 ml (6 tbsp) vegetable oil instead of butter, but for a bland taste, imho.
  • Turn the sandwiches over and fry for a further 3-5 minutes.
  • Cut the sandwiches in half and serve hot, with a salad if prefered.

Bon appetite!

 

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