Croque Monsieur Soup
A twist on the classic French bistro sandwich.
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- 1/2 c
- 2 large
- sweet onions, cut in half and thickly sliced (4 cups)
- 2 tsp
- finely chopped garlic
- 1/4 c
- all purpose flour
- 3 c
- low-sodium chicken broth
- 8 oz
- cream cheese, cut into cubes
- 2 c
- half and half
- 2 1/2 c
- swiss cheese, shredded (or gruyere)
- 2 c
- chopped cooked ham (10 oz)
- 3 tsp
- dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp
- 8 slice
- (1-inch thick) french bread
1In 5-quart Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat until sizzling. Cook onions in butter 13 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are light golden brown.
2Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour on onion mixture; cook and stir constantly 1 minute.
Slowly stir in chicken stock. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3Stir in cream cheese; stirring constantly with whisk until smooth.
4Stir in half-and-half until blended. Slowly add 2 cups of the cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until cheese is melted.
5Stir in ham, 2 teaspoons of the Dijon mustard and the salt; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
6Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Place French bread slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Spread remaining 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard evenly on cut sides of bread. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Broil with tops 5 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or just until cheese is melted and golden brown. Watch carefully so cheese does not burn.
7Serve soup in individual bowls and top each with a bread slice.