Today is Bastille Day which is France’s version of the 4th of July. Paris is loaded with military parades and celebrations to remember the day their country seized Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution. As far as food, well French is my favorite, so why not make a Croque Monsieur or a sophisticated French grilled cheese to celebrate.
This warm cheesy sandwich is made with a Bechamel Sauce or white sauce and layered with ham and Swiss cheese. In this recipe I used prosciutto instead of French ham because I love the flavor and I had some on hand. I hope you will toast to France and make this recipe.
4 slices country or sourdough bread
1/4 pound prosciutto or ham
1/2 pound greyere cheese, shredded
2 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoon butter + more for spreading on bread
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare the bechamel sauce by adding 2 tablespoons butter and the flour to a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk together to form a paste.
2. Add the milk to the butter/flour paste as well as a pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg. Continue to whisk the mixture until it thickens, about 4 minutes.
3. Set the bechamel aside and butter the bread on one side and place in the oven to toast lightly for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the bread from the oven and spread it with bechamel sauce.
5. Next, layer the prosciutto and cheese on top of the bread.
6. Top the sandwich with the other slide of bread and spread a thick layer of bechamel over the piece of bread and the remaining cheese.
7. Place the sandwich back in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Turn the oven to broil for the last 2 minutes to get the sandwich lightly golden.
8. Slice the sandwich into 3-inch pieces and serve to your friends and family! Enjoy!