Pure Comfort
August 28, 2009, 1:58 am
Filed under: Food and Recipes, Main Dishes | Tags: ,

I’ve had family visiting lately, and the weather has been gorgeous. There’s been lots of good Memphis BBQ (including Rendevouz Ribs), lots of homemade food, and lots of reminiscing. As good as family visits are, there’s something to be said about having the house to yourself again, and making something that only you would enjoy…just for you. Especially if that time comes after a long 12 hour shift at work.

After trying to figure out all day what I would make just for me when I came home, I finally settled – soup and sandwich. Two perfect partners, especially if you have the right soup and right sandwich. So I came home and heated my favorite canned soup (yes, out of the can!), and threw together a little sandwich, settled in to eat and watch reruns of Everyday Italian and Barefoot Contessa. What a way to end the day, have a break between two consecutive days of work, and wind down from having company at the house. As we are starting to move into fall, and the weather starts cooling down, I highly suggest that you come home and stir yourself up a little comfort tonight.

Croque Monsieur
My version is a lighter take on the more traditional croque monsieur, with the same flavors, and less prep time. This gets your comforting meal on the plate in a flash.

2 slices white bread (I used homemade)
1 egg
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tsp honey
3 to 4 slices of deli ham
1/2 cup grated swiss cheese
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Butter flavored cooking spray

1. In a small bowl, mix together mustard and honey until a homogenous mixture is achieved. Slather one side of each slice of bread liberally with the honey mustard and top with a generous amount of cheese on top of each slice of bread that is coated with the honey mustard, reserving a small amount of the cheese for later use.

2. In a seperate bowl, whisk together egg and milk, season with salt and pepper, and add small amount of reserved cheese. Whisk to combine. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat and allow skillet to become hot.

3. Meanwhile, while skillet is heating, place ham on one half of the sandwich and put slices of the bread together to form your sandwich. Press together so sandwich holds it’s shape. Take sandwich and dip in egg mixture, allowing each side to soak approximately 30 seconds.

4. Spray non-stick skillet with butter flavored non-stick cooking spray. Place sandwich in skillet, flat side down. Allow to brown, then flip sandwich to the other side. Cook until cheese is melted and gooey, approximately 3-4 minutes per side (depending on the thickness and density of your bread).

Serve with your favorite soup on the side and reruns of your favorite show. Enjoy!



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