I mean Just Add an Egg, right?! When does that not make something better?!
The best thing about this recipe is that it's so easy and cheap! When we were growing up, my mom made grilled cheese sandwiches for us all the time. Imagine my surprise when I moved out to the west coast and ate my first Croque! Fancy french grilled cheese/egg? with ham? Yes, please.
+ 3 tablespoons of butter
+ 3 tablespoons of flour
+ 2 cups of room temperature milk
+ salt and pepper
+ 1/2 cup gruyére, grated
+ 1/2 cup parmesano, grated
+ 2 eggs
+ 2 tablespoons of butter
+ dijon mustard to spread
+ 4 slices of "french" bread
+ 6 ounces of grated gruyére
yields: 2 sandwiches (with some extra bechamel sauce leftover)
+ Melt butter on medium heat in a medium sized saucepan. Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking vigorously, until smooth (a few minutes).
+ Slowly add the milk, whisking continuously. Keep whisking until the sauce thickens (about 5 minutes). Add gruyére and parmesano and whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
+ Note: Most of the croque recipes* I've read call for broiling the sandwiches. As a good southern girl, I grew up making my grilled cheese on the stovetop, so that's exactly how I made the croques.
+ Spread a thin layer of mustard over a single slice of bread. Cover with a generous layer of grated gruyére. Place a few slices of ham on the other slice of bread.
+ Melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan and then place the two pieces of bread in the pan.
+ Once they've gotten a good crisp on the bottom (use your spatula to peak), put the ham piece on top of the cheese piece (creating the sandwich). Press down with the spatula to seal the layers together. Then flip a few times.
+ You will know when it's done. When you get a golden, crispy perfection:
+ Spread the bechamel sauce generously over the top (and then sprinkle on a litte extra gruyére). Then like we originally discussed, just add an egg!
Hope you enjoy!