HONEY BAKED HAM CROQUE MONSIEUR
Don't be thrown by the name. Croque Monsieur is simply French for insanely decadent, grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Leave it to the French to take something as wonderful as a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and make it even more luxurious.
1 1/2 CUPS
Honey Baked Ham
Herbes de Provence (optional)
Thick Sliced Bread
Start by preparing the bechamel sauce. Warm butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until it bubbles. Add flour and cook, stirring continuously. Once flour is fully incorporated, add milk slowly, continuing to stir mixture. Continue to cook until sauce is smooth and has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the nutmeg. Season with salt to taste. Let bechamel cool.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Once the bechamel sauce has cooled a bit, it is time to start building the sandwiches. Begin by spreading the bechamel evenly from end to end of 1 side of each piece of bread.
Once you have finished with the bread, place 4 of the pieces, bechamel side up, on a baking sheet.
Top each piece of bread with 2-3 ounces of Honey Baked Ham and 1/2 ounce of cheese. Top this with another slice of bread, again with the bechamel facing up.
Sprinkle the tops of the sandwiches with remaining cheese and a pinch of the herbs de Provence.
Place baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and browned on top.
If you are feeling especially French, serve with strong mustard and cornichon pickles.