Our Croque Monsieur…

cropped-dsc02564.jpgHello Everyone!  We just had to share one of our favorite all-time French sandwiches…it’s the stupendously delicious, totally satisfying, oooey-gooey Croque Monsieur.  It’s the adult, kicked-up version of the American grilled cheese.  It’s so good that on a recent trip to Paris, we noticed people using forks and knives to eat this royalty of sandwiches.  This sandwich requires a little prep in advance, but is well-worth all the effort.  All you’ll hear from dinner guests, family and friends are moans and groans of savory satisfaction…guaranteed.  Alright, enough talk.  Let’s get down to business on how to make the Croque Monsieur.

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Equipment Needed:
-  Sheet pan
–  Parchment paper
–  Sauce pan
–  Whisk
–  Grater

Recipe: (Serves 6)
Béchemel Sauce:
-  2 TBL Butter (we prefer salted)
–  2 TBL Flour
–  2 Cups Milk (can substitute almond milk)
–  2 Cups Gruyere Cheese (1 cup for sauce, 1 cup reserved, can substitute Swiss or sharp white cheddar)
–  1 tsp Tresor Cuisine’s – Artisan Poultry Salt (or can use plain salt to taste)
–  1/2 tsp Pepper (to taste)
–  1/4 tsp Nutmeg, finely grated
Sandwich:
-  1/2 lb. Honey Roasted Turkey, (thinly sliced)
–  16 Slices Bread, (thick sliced Pullman style bread)
–  1 Stick Butter, (salted, for using to butter the slices of bread…one side only)
–  1 Cup Gruyere Cheese, grated (1 cup reserved from béchamel sauce above)


Directions:

1.  Mis-en-place all ingredients for the Béchemel Sauce and the Croque Monsieur sandwich.
2.  Heat 2 TBL salted butter in a sauce pan over medium heat, once melted, add the 2 TBL flour and stir to combine…this is called a roux (sounds like rooo)  Cook for 1 minute.  Then very slowly add a little milk to the roux paste, and whisk, keep slowly drizzling milk in while whisking.  The roux will thin out to a cream-like consistency.  Bring to a low rolling boil.  This will ensure the sauce will be at it’s thickest consistency…it should coat the back of a spoon, and leave a clear path when you draw your finger through the sauce on the back of a spoon.  For added richness and depth of flavor, season to taste with grated nutmeg and Tresor’s - Artisan Poultry Salt (gives the béchamel sauce extra flavor), or use plain salt for a more traditional béchamel sauce.

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3.  Set béchamel sauce over an ice bath and cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming.  Place in the refrigerator to cool and thicken for approx. 2 hours.
4.  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
5.  When ready and béchamel sauce is cooled, set-up sandwich prep station using a large cutting board and a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Take 6 slices of thick Pullman bread, and butter one side.  Place the buttered side face-down on the parchment lined sheet pan.  Repeat with the remaining 5 slices.
6.  Then spread the 6 slices of buttered bread that are now on the sheet pan with 1 TBL of the béchamel sauce.  Add two slices of the honey roasted turkey on top of the 6 slices of bread (that are buttered face-down that also have 1 TBL béchamel sauce spread on the bread)…following me?
7.  Then sprinkle some grated Gruyere Cheese and a sprinkling of Tresor Cuisine’s – Artisan Poultry Salt or sea salt on top of the turkey.

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8.  Now place the other 6 slices of bread on top of the sandwiches.  Spread 1 TBL béchamel sauce on the top of the bread, then sprinkle generously with more Gruyere Cheese on top.

9.  Place the sheet pan with Croque Monsieur sandwiches on the lower third part of the oven (not the bottom shelf though…the bottoms will burn!), and bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops are bubbling brown.
10.  CAUTION!  Please make sure to let sandwiches set for at least 5 minutes before eating.  The inside and top béchamel sauce will be VERY hot!  (Can’t say we haven’t warned you!).  Serve with a side salad or cup of your favorite soup and thoroughly enjoy!

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You’re going to love this one!  Bon Appetit!

TRESOR CUISINE

Cocoa Review

Tresor's - Artisan Cocoa

???????????????????????????????Hello Everyone!  We all use cocoa in our baking….some good, some not so good, and some that are fantastic.  The cocoa we’re posting about today has been one of our favorite cocoa’s we’ve used in our artisan French pastries and in our artisan “Sipping Chocolate” here at Tresor Cuisine.  The cocoa is Cacao Barry’s – Extra Brute.  Once you try this, you’ll never…ever go back to store bought cocoa’s.  They simply don’t compare.  Here’s why:

1.  The rich, intoxicating aroma is unlike anything you’ve ever opened from the market.  The aroma is deep, intense, chocolaty and almost has a note of coffee to it.

2. The deep, rich, dark intense color of Cacao Barry’s – Extra Brute is gorgeous!  It’s a deep, dark, slightly amber brown….compared to the dull, pale, aged cocoa produced my most store bought manufacturers.

3. The taste comparison is as vivid as the aroma and color.  The taste of Cacao Barry’s – Extra Brute has a deep, intense chocolaty taste.  It almost has floral and coffee notes as a background.

We are always so pleased when we use this product in our chocolate pastries here at Tresor Cuisine.  We also give this cocoa to family and friends to replace their store bought cocoa…what a difference!  You can purchase this online or if you have a restaurant supply outlet near you that is open to the public.  Please try this cocoa…you’ll never settle for less!

Bon Appetit!

TRESOR CUISINE