Baked Ham and Cheese
This hot sandwich was inspired by the bistro classic, Croque Monsieur.
- Total Time:
- Servings: 4
Source: Everyday Food, November 2003
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 8 slices white sandwich bread
- 3/4 pound cooked ham, thinly sliced
- 2 cups shredded Gruyere, or other melting white cheese
- Dijon mustard, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foamy. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes (do not let color).
Add milk and nutmeg to saucepan. Whisking constantly, bring to a simmer; continue cooking until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a shallow dish; cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the sauce. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes.
Place 4 slices of bread on a baking sheet. Spread each slice with sauce, dividing evenly; layer with ham, and sprinkle each with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with remaining bread; sprinkle with remaining cup cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and golden, about 15 minutes. Serve hot, with mustard on the side, if desired.