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Parmesan cheese helps gives this French sandwich its salty flavor.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2010
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  • Mom24_4evermom
    30 AUG, 2015
    Good starting place. There are a couple of things wrong with this recipe, in my experience. First, I used a microplane to grate the gruyere and parmesan. To compensate I used slightly more than 1/2 cup of cheese because using a microplane makes the cheese light and airy. I think it would be helpful to list a weight for the cheese, ex. 2 oz, grated, instead of a volume measurement. My bechamel was very thin, maybe there wasn't enough cheese? Not sure but I'd be tempted to use 3T flour/butter.
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  • MS11550327
    3 NOV, 2014
    I like a Croque-Monsieur as an open faced sandwich. I don't know why Martha has it like this. The picture doesn't even show the bechamel sauce on top. It just looks like a regular ham and cheese sandwich which a Croque-Monsieur certainly isn't. Add a fried egg on top and you have a Croque-Madame. Love that too!
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  • MS11333940
    4 JAN, 2012
    Thought I should also mention that...this is French, so of course it is quite rich and not the kind of sandwich to eat with your hands. But totally worth it.
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  • MS11333940
    4 JAN, 2012
    I think this recipe makes a delicious sandwich. If you love all things French, you will enjoy making croque-monsieur. On another note, if you loved the movie "It's Complicated," you will enjoy making this sandwich. One more thing, my husband loves this too. He has ordered croque-monsieur at a restaurant and said mine (this recipe) was much better.
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  • MarthaandMeBlogger
    8 JUL, 2010
    I was not a big fan ot this - my results are here: http://marthaandme.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/croque-monsieur/
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