Mini Croque Monsieur Sandwiches
These make-ahead appetizers boast a blend of melty cheese and an indulgent béchamel sauce, making them both casual and sophisticated—the perfect party app.
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How to make
Melt butter in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour; whisk 1 minute. Add milk, 1/4 cup at a time, whisking constantly and allowing sauce to thicken between each addition. When all milk is added, bring to a boil and whisk 30 seconds. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper. Set béchamel sauce aside to cool.
Meanwhile, toast each bread slice in toaster until pale golden brown. Spread about 1 tablespoon béchamel sauce on 1 slice bread to cover. Top each with 3/4 ounce ham and 3/4 ounce cheese. Top with 1 slice bread and another 1 tablespoon béchamel. Repeat with all remaining toasts to make 9 sandwiches total. When finished, top sandwiches evenly with remaining cheese; place on baking sheet. Wrap baking sheet securely in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour. When ready to bake, heat oven to 375°F. Unwrap sandwiches; place on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Adjust oven to broil; broil 2-3 minutes or until tops of sandwiches are light golden brown and bubbly. Remove from oven; cut into triangles to serve immediately.
Make these appetizers ahead and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving. Longer refrigeration may result in slightly less crisp—but no less delicious—sandwiches.
Tavern ham is salty and extra smoky.
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