This was the first time I ever made or had Croque Monsieur, and I was delightfully surprised to find out how unbelievably easy it is to prepare. Rather than melting the white cheese sauce on top, I melted it inside the sandwich with the ham slices, then placed a heavy pan on top and cooked it like a panini.
1In a small sauce pan, melt butter and add flour. Stir for about 2 minutes to cook the flour.
Slowly add the hot milk in with the roux. Whisk until a nice thick sauce comes together.
Remove from stove and add pepper, cloves and shredded cheese. Set aside.
Lightly toast your bread and brush half the toasted slices with mustard. Add the Virginia ham and apple slices, then place about a tablespoon of the white cheese sauce to each sandwich. Top with the other slices of toasted bread.
Preheat your Panini press or in a heated skillet melt some butter, then place the panini in the pan. Press down with another pan. Cook until the cheese has completely melted and the toast is golden crispy. Enjoy!
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