January 4, 2010

Make It :: Croque Monsieur

I know by now you've all probably seen It's Complicated and fawned over it's gorgeous sets on all of the design blogs.
And laughed (a lot) at the hilarious Meryl and Alec.
But now let's get down to something super important. Seriously, how yummy did all of the food look in that flick? Her darling bakery with the all of the breakfast goodies, yum and gorge. But the the big moment for me came when she made the Croque Monsieur and served it with a frisee salad. I was ready to run out of the movies and make one myself.
I haven't done it yet but it's on the books to try.
Croque Monsieur
{recipe via Epicurious}

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf
4 slices firm white sandwich bread
4 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest ham
4 ounces sliced Gruyère cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Add nutmeg and bay leaf. Increase heat to medium-high and boil until sauce thickens, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat broiler. Place 2 bread slices on work surface. Top each with half of ham and sliced Gruyère. Top with remaining bread. Heat heavy large skillet over low heat. Brush sandwiches with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Add to skillet and cook until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to small baking sheet. Spoon sauce, then grated cheese over sandwiches. Broil until cheese begins to brown, about 2 minutes.


benson said...

great minds...just posted about her interiors and my wanna-be like Meryl design process. You're so right--the food--let's whip up a few chocolate croissants while we're stoned :)

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

i agree w/benson ~ the chocolate croissants had me drooling and it was quite funny! :)

this recipe also looks delicious so i am going to add it to my must try list! thanks

Sarah Ring said...

Next time I spend the weekend with my hubby I am SO making this for him!

Kate said...

Oh my g Sarah! Had no idea you posted this when I brought it up tonite!! Loooove the idea of the croque monsieur. I would like to live in that house, have the bakery and the time to whip up the puff pastry and churn out those lovelies!! :) Thanks for sharing the joy!! xoKs

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Love Croque Monsieurs, my fave French sandwich...

Loving their kitchen + clawfoot tub, great house. Haven't seen the movie yet but hoping to!

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

I haven't seen the movie- but my parents said it was great.

Love Croque Monsieurs. Thanks for the recipe!

julie @ duet letterpress said...

this recipe looks fab! croque monsieur was one of my favorite eats in paris. yum!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

i love a good croque monsieur... so much that i once even had a friend fly one back from paris for me!


Anonymous said...

haha I am googling croque monsieur precisely because of that movie ;)

alejpanda said...

what is that pasta side dish with the croque monsieur? if anyone could email me, i'd appreciate it


mothers and daughters said...

I know this is a late comment. I have been thinking about this movie a lot and wondered what this meal that she cooked for the new person in her life. I have been watching this movie a few times in the last few weeks and it is all I can think of. I will be trying it tomorrow.
thanks for posting. Karen

Val said...

Tried the recipe for the first time tonight and it was A..MAZING!! Highly recommend it! My husband is not a big cheese lover and even he enjoyed it.