Continuing with the French theme, I made that perfect French cheese on toast – a Croque Monsieur. Like the myth that French women don’t get fat, the myth that French people are averse to fast food is equal tosh – they are known to be the 2nd largest consumer of McDonalds. This fact seems strange because they have the option of such good bad food and still could get fat if they wanted – they invented butter-rich croissants, baguettes and frites! What do they want with cardboard burgers and creamy milk shakes? I guess you can't argue with a 3.50 euro Big Mac. Anyway, here is a quick and far better recipe…
- Make a white sauce by melting 20g Butter and stirring in 20g Plain Flour to form a paste. Cook gently for a minute (to take away the floury taste). Then gradually whisk in of 300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk, bring to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes, whisking, until it thickens.
- Stir in Salt and Pepper, 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard and 80g grated Gruyére Cheese.
- Have ready 8 equal sized slices of Sourdough Bread. Spread one slice with a generous amount of the sauce and top with a couple of slices of Ham. Spread a little sauce on another slice and place on top of the first. Spread a thick layer of the sauce on top of that. Repeat with the other six slices to make four sandwiches.
- Sprinkle another 20g grated Gruyére on the top and then place in the over for ten minutes. Finally place them under a hot grill until bubbling and golden.
- Serve with a dressed green salad.