Oven Baked Croque Monsieurs & Fries

Everyone loves decadent French foods and there are some that are just iconic: steak frites, croissant, salade Niçoise, French onion soup and Croque Monsieurs.

My Oven Baked Croque Monsieurs recipe keeps most of the decadent and takes away some of the fat because you don’t fry them. These are like French grilled cheese sandwiches with ham and prosciutto. This recipe makes 8-10 sandwiches, enough to serve a crowd. And a happy crowd it will be!

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Oven Baked Croque Monsieurs
Yields 8
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For Sandwich
  1. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 loaf of good artisan sliced bread
  3. 1 pound sliced black forest ham
  4. 1/4 pound sliced prosciutto
  5. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  6. 2 cups shredded Gruyere
  7. 1 cup shredded Swiss Cheese
  8. mayonnaise
  9. gherkins
  10. sauce
For Sauce
  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons flour
  3. 1 ½ cups milk
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. 1 cup Swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. First, dice the ham and prosciutto. Mix the ham, prosciutto together in a bowl, add in the Gruyere, Swiss and Dijon mustard. Add just enough mayonnaise to hold mixture together.
  2. Make sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and stir till combined for about a minute. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk till you have a nice sauce, season with salt and pepper. Off the heat, add in most of the Swiss cheese; save a little to sprinkle on top of sandwiches. Set aside.
  3. Line bread slices up as pairs on baking sheet, butter both the bottom side of the bottom slice and the top of the top slice. Mound the ham mixture divided among each sandwich place top slice back on and press down.
  4. In a 450-degree oven, bake for 10 minutes on one side, flip and bake another 10 minutes.
  5. After both sides of become golden, turn broiler on and remove sandwiches from oven. Pour the sauce evenly over the sandwiches and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts and you have color to the sauce.
  6. Serve right away along with a nice sparkling wine or rosé.
Shaun Myrick http://www.shaunmyrick.com/
Homemade Oven Baked Fries
Serves 5
Most everyone is going for a healthier lifestyle these days. Healthy doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on flavor. My Homemade Oven Baked Fries are easy and delicious. What’s more, they’re pretty much no fuss and no mess. You won’t get oil splatters all over the place like you might with frying. That leaves you more time to savor and enjoy them. These fries are terrific for the summer. Try them with hamburgers, my classic veggie burgers or my new Oven Baked Croque Monsieurs.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Russet Potatoes
  2. Olive oil
  3. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Scrub each potato, peel some of the skin off each potato, this will give you a nice looking fry. Cut each potato into 1/2 inch thick slices and then each slice into ½ inch sticks. Place into a pot of cold water, let sit for an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Pour out water and add fresh, and bring to a boil. Boil gently for 2-3 minutes and drain. Carefully place slices onto two baking sheets. Gently pat dry.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes at a time, every 20 minutes swap baking sheet places, and gently toss and flip the fries. For perfect fries it typically takes about 1 hour to bake.
  6. Serve along side the Oven Baked Crogue Monsieurs.
Shaun Myrick http://www.shaunmyrick.com/

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