Saturday, September 26, 2015

A FRENCH BISTRO and CROQUE MONSIEUR

By Mary Kennedy
 

When I was in Paris last month, I was faced with some tantalizing decisions. What should I order for lunch in a French bistro?
                                                            
 
Of course, there was the classic French sandwich.  Brie cheese on a baguette...definitely a contender and one of my favorites.
                                                         
 
Or onion soup, topped with melted cheese and a nice slice of French bread.
                                                             
 
But the most interesting choice was a Croque Monsieur.  You can find these everywhere in Paris and they're delicious for lunch or a snack. Or you can make your own, and I'll tell you how.
                                                              
 
Ingredients:
 
8 slices white bread
1/2 stick butter
4 slices ham
4 slices gruyere cheese
2 eggs
1 Tablespooon water
salt and pepper.
 
Directions:
 
Spread the bread with some softened butter and make 4 sandwiches, each with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese (since I'm a vegetarian, I leave out the ham and do double cheese).
Beat the eggs with the water, add salt and pepper and dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture. Be sure to coat both sides.
Heat the remaining butter in a heavy skillet and fry the sandwiches for about 6 or 7 minutes, turning once. Add a nice green salad with vinaigrette and you can pretend you're lunching in Paris. Okay it won't be exactly the same but you can always play a little Edith Piaf and use your imagination...
                                                       
 
 
And to top it off, a couple of marrons for dessert.

                                                           
Bon appetit!

Mary Kennedy