The second time I had a croque monsieur, I was in Paris at a cafe in the Latin Quarter. I can't remember the name of the cafe for the life of me, but I do remember that it was delicious. As soon as I got back from Paris, I found a recipe that was close to the one I had in Paris. I've been making them ever since.
It has been a while since I made one, so I decided a couple nights ago that it was time to have a croque monsieur. I didn't have any ham on hand and I wanted to make it a little healthier, so I used turkey instead of ham. It was just as delicious! And I felt a little less guilty about eating it.
Turkey Croque Monsieur
4 slices French bread
6 slices smoked turkey breast
Gruyere cheese, sliced
1. To assemble sandwiches, spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Put one slice butter side down on a cutting board. Layer 3 slices of turkey with cheese slices on top. Spread dijon mustard on the non-buttered side of another slice of bread. Top turkey and cheese with mustard side of the bread slice. Repeat with other 2 slices of bread, turkey, cheese and mustard.
2. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook sandwiches in pan for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned and cheese is melted. Serve sliced in half.
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