Years ago I went to France and was introduced to Croque-Monsieur, the French version of a toasted ham and Swiss sandwich. According to About.com the word croque comes from the verb croquer or “to crunch”. So a Croque Monsieur roughly translates to “Mister Crunchy”. The feminine version, a “Croque Madam”, includes a fried egg on top.
I thought is was absolutely the most delicious sandwich in the world. Remembering how amazing it was, I just had to have one (well, maybe it was two) when I went back to France last year. Being gluten sensitive, it didn’t sit very well with me but it was still fabulous going down.
When I got home, I decided to create my own version of the croque monscier. Traditionally, croque monsieurs use Gruyère cheese and have a béchamel sauce. I’ve taken liberties with this French treat and make is easy and gluten free.
2 Tbsp Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread (or you could use butter)
6 thin slices of Black Forest Ham
2 slices of Manchego cheese, medium sliced
1/2 parmesan cheese, grated
4 slices of Gluten Free Bread (I use Udi’s or Rudi’s brand, but recently I found a Tapioca bread that is really good.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Begin by putting Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread on one side of each of the slices of bread. On pizza stone, put two slices of bread butter side down. Put one slice of Manchego cheese. Put other slice of bread on top, butter side up.
Place in oven for about 10 minutes. Take out of oven.
Get your broiler going on 475 degrees.
Generously spread parmesan cheese on top of each sandwich.
Place this under the broiler until the cheese is nice and bubbly, roughly 1-2 minutes.
Remove the sandwiches from the broiler, and place on a serving plate. Dig in!
This one is super delicious and has become a regular lunch in our household. It has that sort of impact. Trust me.