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as you may have noticed from my top 5 favorite sandwiches post, i am a big fan of the croque monsieur. they may seem daunting to make just from the name, but actually, they are really quite easy to make.

you will need:

  • good rustic bread
  • thinly sliced ham
  • grated gruyère
  • béchemel sauce (milk, butter, flour, nutmeg, s+p)
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

first, toast the bread.

then, layer the ham on the toasted bread, top with the cheese, and put in the oven until the cheese melts and the ham is warmed. about 5 minutes at 350º.

in the meantime, make your béchemel. for one sandwich: scald about 1/4 cup milk in a small pan. melt 1/2 tbsp butter in another pan, add an equal amount of flour and whisk together to make a roux. then gradually add the milk on medium-low heat while continually whisking until it starts to thicken. if it gets too thick whisk in a little bit more milk. add a pinch of nutmeg, and s+p to taste.

drizzle the sauce over the open-faced sandwich, and sprinkle with parsley.

it’s not quite like the one at mignon, but it’s close enough in a pinch.

mignon is a wine + cheese bar in downtown los angeles @ 128 east sixth street, la, ca 90014 • phone: 213-489-0131 • open 5p-midnight daily. 

 

 

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i love most sandwiches. i really like to make them, but i enjoy eating them even more. here’s a run down of my top 5:

5. the reuben

this is a photo of the one from canter’s deli, but i have had them at langer’s delicatessen, jerry’s famous deli, katz’s delicatessen, and many other random deli’s from coast to coast. the one that sticks in my head as my favorite, though i haven’t been back in years, is art’s delicatessen in studio city. there’s just something about pastrami and sauerkraut together…mmm.

4. grilled cheese

you may be surprised at this simple sandwich making the list, but i have loved them ever since i was a kid. my mom used to make them for me with kraft singles and onions on white bread, and i would dip them in dijon mustard. grilled cheese and tomato soup was one of my favorite lunches growing up. a couple of years ago my friend krista had me over for dinner one evening for the best grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup meals of my life. i also posted recently of my favorite grilled cheese that my sister kate made me, with our dad’s tomato jam.

3.  le croque monsieur

even though this is sometimes served open faced, i still consider it a sandwich. i have had a few of them in the past, and my favorite was probably at my friends jon and jenny’s place for dinner one night, but my love of this sandwich has only recently come about because of the one at mignon, a new wine + cheese bar that has opened very close to where i live. being that mignon is easily accessible to me, and their croque monsieur is only $5 during happy hour, makes me a very happy girl.

2. tuna fish

this sandwich can be easily screwed up, but also, if made well, one of the most satisfying of sandwiches. i stopped eating catering around season two of the tv show i worked on for seven years, and would mostly eat sandwiches off the craft services truck for lunch. thankfully they would have canned tuna and all the fixins to make my own. somedays i would just mix in some mayonnaise, pepper, and fresh lemon juice. other days it would be red onion, peperonchini, spicy mustard, sweet relish, mayonnaise, and pepper. at home (as shown above) i like to put in marinated artichokes, garlic, red onion, and herbs with greens, avocado and sweet cherry tomatoes on top.

1. the blt

the unfortunate part about the blt is that good tomatoes are a must, and finding them in any other season besides summer is almost impossible, but thankfully right now it is prime tomato time. i crave them. i had one today for lunch as a matter of fact, and it was the inspiration for this post. damn they are good!

honorable mentions:

the ‘big fish’ sandwich at big fish on main street in grapevine, tx

i couldn’t list fish sandwich (not to be confused with tuna fish, which i think is a different category) in my top 5 because i have had so few that are actually good. i have tried many attempts at recreating the one at big fish, but to no avail. short of flying back there to do some research, or calling the restaurant for their recipe, i am left with searching for a local substitution. suggestions are welcome.

(note: i have emailed big fish to see if they would submit a photo of the sandwich, or even better…the recipe, but at the time of posting i haven’t heard back from them. if that changes in the future, i will add it to the post.)

e’s pulled pork sammy

i really enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, and would probably list it at #6, but my friend john’s version is especially exceptional. his pork shoulder is dry rubbed with special spices overnight, slow cooked in butter and apple juice, and then finished off by smoking it on the grill. the juicy, tender and full of flavor meat is put in a steamed white bun and topped off with dreamland bbq sauce and slaw…com’ on!

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