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Croque-Monsieur

February 7, 2011

My household has started a new Sunday tradition. We’re always trying to figure out how to have a restful Sunday while still enjoying meals together and the other day, I had a brainstorm. “Sandwiches!” I said to Justin. “What?” he replied. And then I explained my idea that we make sandwiches on Sunday afternoon. They’re easy but they can be really special, too.

So, yesterday Justin made Martha Stewart’s croque-monsieur recipe. You can find it here if you are so inclined. I made it again tonight with the leftover ingredients. A croque-monsieur is a hot ham and cheese sandwich that sometimes has bechamel sauce on it. (This one does.) It is French, in case you didn’t figure it out already, and the word “croque” comes from the verb “croquer” (to crunch) and “monsieur” means, of course, mister, so we could also call a croque-monsieur a “Mr. Crunch” sandwich. A Mrs. Crunch (croque-madame) has an egg on top.

This is a lovely and simple recipe. If you’re cooking with someone else, one of you can make the bechamel sauce and the other can make the sandwiches. Not that you have to–you can leave the bechamel sauce off, if you wish, but it does make it.

I like to eat my croque-monsieur with strawberry jam, but I also like strawberry jam on Monte Cristo sandwiches.

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