The croque monsieur -- literally "mister crunch" -- is at the elegant end of the grilled cheese spectrum. First served in 1910 at a Paris cafe, this ham sandwich with rich bechamel sauce is topped with cheese and then grilled under the broiler.
The base for these stuffings is the same, making it easy to serve both vegetarian and meat versions (for a full batch of meat stuffing, use an additional 1 1/2 pounds of sausage). This can accompany our Spice-Rubbed Roast Turkey.
These skewers of pearl onions, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, chicken, and chunks of bread are based on traditional panzanella -- an Italian bread salad -- but the ingredients are grilled to intensify their flavor.