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  1. 5 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #1
    Begin by cutting the crusts off 12 slices Sandwich bread.
  2. 5 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #2
    Cut 3 slices ham to the size of the bread slices.
  3. 5 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #3
    Lightly fry the slices of ham in a very hot pan for just a few seconds on each side.
  4. 5 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #4
    Spread béchamel sauce on 2 slices of bread (tip: use a broad-bladed knife or palette knife).

    Place a piece of ham on top of the sauce on one slice of bread.
  5. 5 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #5
    Then put the other slice of bread on the ham and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  6. 1 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #6
    Place the croque-monsieur on a baking sheet.

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
  7. Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #7
    If you are making several croque-monsieurs, it is worth setting up a production line, i.e. spread béchamel sauce on all the bread, then arrange all the slices of ham, etc. This is much faster than doing one at a time.
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    Once all your croque-monsieurs are assembled, put the baking sheet into a hot oven.
  9. 20 min.Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #9
    Cook for about twenty minutes, watching carefully for colouring.

    You can put them under the grill to brown if necessary at the end.
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    Serve hot or warm if possible, with a green salad for example.


You can use whatever ham you prefer; I find that it's best with smoked ham, but it's a matter of taste. The same goes for the cheese. Gruyère, or even better Comté, will give you the best croque-monsieur.

yYu can cut the left-over crusts into small pieces and fry them in a little clarified butter or oil, to make small croutons which are great for adding to salads, for example.



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