I know that a Croque Monsieur has ham, cheese, and is grilled. I know that most of the time it is done without batter, although it can be done with bechamel. I know these things, and in knowing them? I ignore them totally. Croque Monsiuer at our house is created with egg dipped sour dough, several types of cheese and a hot griddle. It is always served with the ripest tomatoes available. Check it out-
The sour dough adds a nice, chewy texture and the flavor compliments the cheese blend.
I think that dipping it in egg not only adds to the nutrition (and uses up eggs..we have chickens!) but it gives it a nice flavor and texture. You can use any combination of cheese but I like mild nutty cheeses like Gruyere, Brie, Edam, Gouda, or even Monterey Jack. I have even used the PepperJack … Then I generally add a medium cheddar for a little snap. If you want something really amazing, add sauteed apples as well.
I do an incredible Monte Cristo sandwich..I need to make a few and photograph them so you can try them…but you will need to work up to those slowly and these are the next best thing!
For best results slice the sour dough a few hours before you are going to use it to allow it to dry out a bit. Only dip one side of the bread in the egg, that will be the side you lay on the grill. Ready?
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 c half and half
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 4 tbs butter
The number of slices of cheese depends on the size of the slices. Use your judgement.
- 16 slices of sour dough
- 8 thick slices of Edam
- 8 thick slices of Medium Cheddar
- 24 thin slices of sauteed apple, optional
- Heat the griddle until hot
- Whisk everything but the butter together until foamy
- Brush the griddle with butter
- Dip one side of each slice of bread in the egg batter
- Place the bread on the griddle batter side down
- Add cheese, and apple if desired
- Top with other slice of bread
- Cook until golden on one side and then turn and brown on the other
- Serve immediately
8 sandwiches…ooey, gooey, cheesy sandwiches. Yum.