Friday, January 29, 2010

The Crispy Mister...

I was watching It's Complicated with Meryl Streep last night
(so-so movie, gorgeous house!) when Meryl's character
decided to whip up a delicious looking Croque Monsieur.
Craving time! Martha just posted a Crispy Mister recipe
herself in the latest issue of MS Living magazine. Must...
Have... One... Soon. Bon Appetit's May 2001 recipe follows.
One Hungry Chef (link under photo) creates an onion jam
for his version. Just sweat one small onion in a little olive oil
over medium heat until it begins to carmelize. Add 2 tbsp
red wine vinegar and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
Then season and remove from heat.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf
4 slices firm white sandwich bread
4 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest ham
4 ounces sliced Gruyère cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Add nutmeg and bay leaf. Increase heat to medium-high and boil until sauce thickens, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat broiler. Place 2 bread slices on work surface. Top each with half of ham and sliced Gruyère. Top with remaining bread. Heat heavy large skillet over low heat. Brush sandwiches with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Add to skillet and cook until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to small baking sheet. Spoon sauce, then grated cheese over sandwiches. Broil until cheese begins to brown, about 2 minutes.

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