Julia Childs variant på Croque Monsieur - som en tribut till Julia Child.
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2 slices fresh, reasonably soft home-style white bread, removed from the loaf in sequence for accurate reassembly
–1Tablespoon mayonnaise, preferably homemade
–½ teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
–2 or more slices Swiss Cheese (Gruyère or Emmentaler, 3/16 inch thick and large enough to cover each bread slice.
–1 slice excellent baked or boiled ham, 3/ 16 inch thick, trimmed of fat, and same size as cheese
–2 Tablespoons clarified butter
A Frying pan that will hold one sandwich comfortably (probably about 8 inches), or a 12 inch pan for more sandwiches; a pancake turned; a baking sheet, if you are doing several sandwiches.
Forming the Sandwich
Lay the bread in front of you and open it up like a book so that when you close the sandwich the right and left sides will match exactly). Spread an even coating of mayonnaise – about a teaspoon – on top of each slice then a smidge of mustard. Lay a slice of cheese on the right slice, followed by a slice of ham, then a slice of cheese. Turn the left slice of bread over on top of the right, press firmly down on the sandwich with the palm of your hand. Rotate and press several times to hold the sandwich together (that’s why you want the bread to be fresh and fairly soft). With a big sharp knife, trim off the crusts all around to form a neat sandwich. (If not to be cooked at once, wrap airtight in plastic – useful when you are doing several).
Preheat the oven to 300°F for final baking
Film the frying pan with a tablespoon of clarified butter and set over moderately high heat. When very hot but not browning, lower heat to moderate and lay the sandwich in the pan, pressing down several times as the sandwich browns rather slowly on the bottom – 2 minutes or so. Add another tablespoon of clarified butter to the pan, then turn and brown on the other side, pressing down upon the sandwich several times until its bottom, too, is lightly browned. (You may sauté 10 to 15 minutes in advance, and finish later.)
For a single sandwich set the frying pan (oven-proof frying pan) in the middle level of the preheated 300°F oven and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted. If doing several sandwiches, lift them onto the baking sheet to finish in the oven…
Next Step: Set the oven on broil as soon as you remove the baking sandwich(es). On top of each, spread an even layer of
your Mornay sauce, and slide under the broiler until either the sauce is reheated, or it starts to brown slightly.
Remove from broiler, slice in half and serve with a fresh green salad (meant to fool your body into thinking this is somehow a balanced or healthy meal)