Croque-monsieur gourmand

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    Prepare the bread


    Prepare 8 slices bread. If you are using a sandwich-type loaf or long French-style bread stick, leave the slices whole. If using a larger loaf, cut the slices in half (like in the photos).
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    Melt 40 g butter, then use a brush to coat one side of the bread with melted butter.

    Arrange the slices on a baking sheet, buttered side downwards.
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    Prepare the creamed leeks


    Prepare 3 leeks and chop finely.
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    Prepare 1 shallot and chop finely.

    Pour 3 tablespoons olive oil into a large frying pan and when really hot, add the chopped shallot, salt and pepper.

    Cook for 1 minute without colouring.
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    Add the chopped leeks, salt and pepper again and mix well.

    Cook for 1 or 2 minutes covered...
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    ...then add 150 ml cream and leave uncovered on low heat to reduce.
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    You should end up with a creamy leek "fondue" of fairly thick consistency.

    Set aside.
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    Fry the ham


    Fry 4 slices smoked ham for 1 or 2 minutes on each side until nicely browned.

    Set aside.
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    Fry the potatoes


    Slice 250 g cooked potato into thin rounds and pan-fry on both sides in 4 tablespoons olive oil.
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    Assemble the croque-monsieurs

    Preheat the oven at 390°F (200°C).

    Arrange a layer of fried potatoes on half the slices of bread.
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    Top with a layer of creamed leeks.
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    Then a slice of fried ham.
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    Finish by adding a second slice of bread, buttered side outwards.
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    Brown the croque-monsieurs


    Cook the corque-monsieurs in the oven for about 20 minutes until the bread is nicely browned on top.
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    Serve piping hot on its own or with a little lettuce "chiffonade".

Remarks:

You can use grilled bacon or fried lardons instead of the ham, if you prefer.

Source:

Home made.

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