Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I have a delicious sandwich that I'm sure most of you have tried before. It's one of those famous French dishes and it's true, the French (at least where I lived) eat them about as often as we eat grilled cheese, or BLTs. But I'd never made one, or tried to, until I saw Mary's post on sandwich day. Maybe it's because I know I'd have trouble getting the ingredients, or maybe I hadn't tried before because my kids were in the "only eat mac and cheese stage". But I carpe diemed and made a croque monsieur!
The bread is traditionally a brioche, which is very sweet. I knew I couldn't find brioche here, and I was too lazy to make my own, so I googled and saw people substituting potato bread for brioche. Brilliant! It is definitely a sweeter bread, not like sourdough.
Good ham, Gruyere cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Gouda cheese. Some people leave off the Gouda but I like the meltiness. (That's a word. Just go with it.)
That's all for now! I've got a new book out now (see below) and I'm taking a break for a little bit! You can always find me at my author page of Mary Jane Hathaway or my blog The Things That Last. Happy fall, everybody!!
Edit: I just saw that Jan made these in March! But looking at her post, I can see hers has the bechamel sauce on rye and mine has Gouda and Gruyere on brioche, so we'll pretend this is a completely different variety! hmmmm. I lived in the North. I wonder where her recipe comes from?