Croque Monsieur with Pear and Smoked Turkey

Croque Monsieur with Pear and Smoked Turkey

One of my favorite sandwiches is a Croque Monsieur (a fancy ham and cheese sandwich). Recently I have been craving a croque monsieur sandwich and I remembered seeing Tyler make a grilled cheese sandwich with apple slices on Tylers Ultimate. I had been enjoying the local pears which are in season and I though that crouque monsieur sandwich with smoked turkey and pear would make a tasty sandwich. The sandwich was pretty good though the pear flavour was a little subtle. The next time I make this I might double up on the layers of pear or even caramelize the pear slices in some butter and sugar first.

Croque Monsieur with Pear and Smoked Turkey

Croque Monsieur with Pear and Smoked Turkey

  • 1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano (grated)
  • 1/2 cup gruyere (grated)
  • 1/4 cup Bechamel Sauce
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 slices smoked turkey
  • 3 slices pear
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Melt half of the Gruyère and all of the parmigiano-reggiano into the Bechamel sauce.
  3. Toast the bread.
  4. Spread the mustard on one slice of bread.
  5. Place the turkey slices, the pear slices and about half of the remaining Gruyère cheese. Top with the other toasted bread slice.
  6. Spoon the Bechamel sauce onto the top of the sandwich.
  7. Sprinkle with the remaining Gruyère cheese.
  8. Place on a broiling pan and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  9. Turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 5 minutes. (Until the cheese topping is bubbly and lightly browned.)


FindingLaDolceVita said...

Are you kidding me? Besciamella on a grilled cheese sandwich?
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, what have you done? (me like) I'll take 2 to go :)

tigerfish said...

I love Croque Monsieur too! The first time I had this was in France and it is still the best I tasted around.

Marie said...

Oh my, what a delicious looking Sarnie! I could go for one right now and it's only quarter past five in the morning!

Margot at Coffee & Vanilla said...

What a great idea! I love cheese and apple sandwich, never tried with pears yet...

canarygirl said...

Wow...this sounds absolutely amazing! Definately going to try this one. :)

Nicole said...

Omgoodness... these are SO good!! Ina Garten made these on one of her show and I was salvating the entire time. :)

katiez said...

I think you have a winner! Subtle pear is okay... It would take a bit to stand up to the wonderful sauce!

Miss Scarlett said...

WOW. I want to steal those burnt crispy bits hanging off the edge. Oddly enough, that is always my favorite part of making grilled cheese sandwiches. Such a great combination - the turkey, cheese and pears - but I would never think to put them in a sandwich. Brilliant job.

K & S said...

adding pear sounds delicious, will have to try this sometime!

vanessa said...

try a croque madame. my favourite brioche bread for it is from a portugese bakery on dundas st oddly enough. but layer on the bechamel, paris ham, swiss a couple times and then top it off with a yolky fried egg... amazing breakfast.

Tartelette said...

Congrats on winning the sarnie competition! I love the look of your croque monsieur. Caramelizing the pears sounds like a delicious idea!

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