Celebrity chef Marc Murphy was a guest on CBS New York Thursday morning (September 19), where he whipped up the classic, French, open-faced sandwich known as the croque monsieur. He took a moment to remind viewers of the upcoming Le Taste of France show, the city’s premiere, two-day exhibition showcasing French cuisine, French products, and the French lifestyle. Below, you’ll find a copy of Murphy’s recipe for croque monsieur.
For more information on Le Taste of France (September 29-30), check out the event’s very own website at LeTasteOfFrance.com.
CROQUE MONSIEUR (Serves 4)
- Prepare the béchamel sauce. (Makes 1 1/3 cups.)
- Prepare 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 cups milk (heated), and 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan.
- Combine with flour and cook, stirring continuously over low heat for about 10 minutes.
- Add milk and nutmeg.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Set aside to cool.
- Prepare the sandwich.
- Prepare 4 1-inch slices of country bread, 12 thin slices of black forest ham, ½ pound gruyere (grated), ½ cup béchamel sauce, freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Place three slices of ham on each slice of bread.
- Top with a thin layer of béchamel.
- Sprinkle gruyere equally on each open-faced sandwich.
- Season with pepper to taste.
- Place under the broiler until the cheese has melted and slightly browned.
*Tip: for a croque madam, top with a fried egg!