Croque Monsieur Style Monte Cristo Croutons with Frisee Salad and Shallot Vinaigrette

Total Time:
25 min
10 min
15 min

4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons grated shallot
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large heart romaine lettuce, cleaned and sliced 3/4-inch thick
  • 1 large head or 2 small heads frisee lettuce
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 rounded tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Grated nutmeg
  • 8 slices good quality white bread
  • 8 slices Gruyere
  • 8 slices baked ham
  • 3 whole eggs
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Preheat a griddle pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  • Whisk together the marmalade, shallot, 1 tablespoon of the Dijon mustard and vinegar, in a small bowl. Add the extra-virgin olive oil in a slow stream, while whisking, and then season the dressing with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

  • Combine the romaine with the frisee on large platter or in a shallow bowl.

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a sauce pot over medium heat, then whisk in the flour, and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in 1 1/3 cups of the milk and cook until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg, to taste. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of mustard and turn off the heat. Spread 4 slices of bread with the white sauce and top each with a slice of cheese, 2 slices folded ham, another slice of cheese. Spread the remaining bread with sauce and cover the sandwiches. Trim the crusts, if you prefer, then quarter the sandwiches.

  • Beat the eggs with the remaining milk in a shallow bowl and dip the sandwiches in the batter as you add them to the griddle. Wipe the griddle with butter nested in a paper towel before you start adding the sandwiches. Griddle the sandwiches until deep golden, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

  • Toss the salad with the dressing and divide it among 4 plates. Arrange 4 Croque Monsieur Monte Cristo croutons on top of each salad and serve.

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