Sunday, August 16, 2009

Croque Monsiuer

I've been lightly browsing through Julia Child's books since seeing the new movie, Julie and Julia, and discovered some recipes and ideas forgotten through the years. After a long, Canada goose filled and chasing walk with Scott this morning we skipped breakfast in favor of lunch. Up popped Julia.

Croque Monsieur is really a glorified, grilled, ham and cheese sandwich. We buttered two slices of bread and layered thin slices of mozzarella on top of one, added a layer of prosciutto, and another of cheese before topping with the second slice of bread. Off came the crusts and the then the sandwich was pressed together between a plate and a board. It then was sauteed in butter on both sides until the bread was crisp and crunchy and the mozzarella thoroughly melted into the ham. Two slices of tomato, a few cornichons and a pickled onion finished the plate.

There was a small glass of the white burgundy from below left over, but it did not fare well over night. There was also a glass of Chehalem 2006 reserve dry Riesling (Oregon) left in a bottle, and that paired great with the sandwich. Great acid and lemony taste cut through the richness of the cheese and ham. Good match - and even the cornichons didn't kill the Riesling.

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