A baked ham is the Easter cook's greatest ally. There's no real baking or roasting involved; simply heat the ham through in the oven. A glaze adds a sweetened crust, but unadorned works too, as the savory meat doesn't need much.
A baked ham slathered with a sweet-tart glaze is the cook's greatest ally. There's no real cooking involved; you simply heat it through. But to the uninitiated, buying a ham can be a bit intimidating, so it helps to know what you're looking for.
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.
Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.