Posted by: inyomouth | October 30, 2009

Croque Monsieur with Endive Salad

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Have you been to Paris? Would you like to go? This meal will transport you there and bring back memories of “crispy misters” toasting in street vender carts or served alongside salty salads in brasseries on every block. These recipes are from Ina Garten’s “Barefoot In Paris” cookbook and they are truly authentic. If you are in the mood to try something new, you are sure to enjoy this meal.

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Croque Monsieur:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 16 slices sourdough bread, crusts removed
  • Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices ham

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.

Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.

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Endive, Pear, and Roquefort Salad:

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 heads of Belgian endive
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • *1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 ripe Bartlett pears, halved, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 pound good Roquefort cheese
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnut halves

Directions

Trim off the core end of each head of endive and slice it in half lengthwise. Cut out the cores, separate the leaves, and place 1 1/2 to 2 heads of endive on each plate.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, egg yolk, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Toss the pears with some vinaigrette and place on the endive. Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over the endive leaves to moisten them. Crumble the Roquefort onto the endive. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve at room temperature.


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bon appetit!

-b

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