My Croque Monsieur Just Got Even Better!
CROQUE MONSIEUR OR SHOULD I SAY CROQUE MERCER'S?
A 'SUNDAY BRUNCHDAY' MUST HAVE!
This pan fried ham and cheese toasty is a Sunday brunchday ‘must have’ at ours and so so satisfying. It seems like a decadent treat after a week of being really good on wholemeal cereals and fruit! I have made my recipe even more appetising by adding a layer of Mercer’s of Yorkshire, tangy
Red Onion Marmalade! Enjoy, Gx
25g unsalted butter
25g plain flour
175mls semi skimmed milk
pinch of salt
pinch of cayenne pepper (if desired)
8 slices good quality fresh bread ( sourdough works really well)
8 slices thinly sliced quality ham
100g finely grated Gruyere cheese
40g unsalted butter
Mercer’s of Yorkshire Red Onion Marmalade, a little for spreading
Add all the ingredients for the sauce with exception of salt and cayenne to a saucepan on a medium heat. Stir continuously with a balloon whisk until it begins to bubble and thicken, reduce heat and cook for further two minutes whilst continuing to stir. Turn off heat and add salt and cayenne to taste. Mix through and set aside.
Spread the sauce evenly over the 8 slices of bread. Place the ham over four of the slices, sauce side up followed by a finely spread layer of Mercer’s Red Onion Marmalade and top with the grated Gruyere. Place the remaining 4 slices on top, sauce side down to make the sandwiches.
Brush the outside of the sandwiches evenly with the melted butter and add to a large frying pan on a moderately high heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until evenly browned and heated through. Serve.
Amazing on its own or with a green salad.
(Red Onion Marmalade is just as good on the side as inside!)
For more info on Mercers, visit their website and visit at The BBC goodfoodshow, Harrogate, 8-10th April where you can come along and meet them and their wonderful products!