French Tart's Note:
My two versions of this classic French café/bistro sandwich - oven baked for large quantities and ease.......or, the traditional frying pan/skillet method! You can always rely upon the French to add a certain "je ne sais quoi" to even the simplest food ...including the humble cheese and ham sandwich. The croque-monsieur (which becomes a croque-madame if you top it with a fried egg) is a great favourite in French cafés & bistros, and there are as many methods of crafting it as there are cafés! This one works for me. But, please be warned ... it's not for calorie-counters, the Cholesterol Police or those of a nervous disposition!!
Spread the bread with some of the softened butter, make 4 sandwiches, each with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese. Press them firmly together.
Beat the eggs with the water, add the salt and pepper to taste, and dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, coating all sides well.
Heat the rest of the butter in a heavy- bottomed frying pan/skillet, when it has melted and is very hot - but not brown, fry the sandwiches for about 5 - 8 minutes, turning once.
If you prefer, although it is not traditional, you may place the croque-monsieur into a very well-buttered baking pan and bake in a moderately hot oven - 175°C/350°F - turning once, for about 10 to 15 minutes. It is easier to prepare a larger number this way and keep them warm until you are ready to serve them
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (765g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 1507 (67%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 167.4g||223 %|
|Saturated Fat 92.1g||461 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 50.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 12.4g|
|Cholesterol 411mg||126 %|
|Sodium 3157.8mg||109 %|
|Potassium 812.3mg||21 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 126.8g||37 %|
|Dietary Fiber 5.4g||22 %|
|Sugars, other 121.3g|
|Protein 63.8g||91 %|
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Calories per serving: 2258
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