Griddled croque monsieur

Griddled croque monsieur

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  • 6 to 8
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • Woolworths DMZ Concerto White 2015
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  • For the béchamel sauce:
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ onion
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, plus extra for serving
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 30 g butter
  • 30 g flour
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the sandwich:
  • 1 loaf farmhouse-style bread, thickly sliced
  • 200 g Woolworths Gruberg cheese, thickly sliced
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 200 g Woolworths Royal Ashton cheese, thickly sliced
  • 8 slices gypsy ham

Cooking Instructions

To make the béchamel sauce, scald the milk in a saucepan along with the onion, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns for 3–5 minutes until it starts to simmer. Remove from the heat, strain and set aside.

In a clean saucepan, combine the butter and flour, and cook for 2 minutes, then add the  flavoured milk, a splash at a time, whisking continually. Once the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat and season.

Place a griddle pan over a high heat, brush the bread with olive oil, then chargrill the bread for 1 minute on each side.

Preheat the oven grill. Layer slices of both cheeses and the ham over half of the slices of bread, place on a baking tray and grill. Once the cheese bubbles, remove the tray from the oven and spoon approximately 1 T béchamel sauce over each slice. Season and sprinkle over the thyme, then grill again until golden brown and bubbling.

Top each slice with the remaining toast and serve immediately.

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Hannah Lewry Recipe by: Hannah Lewry
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