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Croque-Monsieur

Yield 6 Servings
Don't let the fancy name fool you; this is basically an extra-yummy grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich. It's best served right after broiling.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 12 slices favorite bread
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced smoked ham
  • 3/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese or any favorite cheese
  • Garnishes (optional):
  • Pickles
  • Pitted olives

How to Make It

  1. Butter bread on both sides. Place 6 slices on a baking sheet, 6 on a second sheet.

  2. Preheat broiler, then toast 1 side of the bread until golden brown, 1 sheet at a time, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip all bread over and place a slice of ham (or 2 slices for adults) on 6 slices of bread; set aside.

  3. Sprinkle the cheese on the remaining 6 slices of bread and broil until cheese is melted, bubbling, and golden brown, about 4 minutes.

  4. To assemble the sandwiches, place a slice of bread with cheese on top of a slice of bread with ham. Cut the sandwiches in half (or into quarters for kids) and serve hot, with pickles and pitted olives, if desired.

  5. How Kids Can Help: Butter the bread and place slices on the baking sheet; older kids can layer ham and sprinkle cheese on toasted bread.