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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  10 Minutes
  Serves 4
This classic French ham and cheese sandwich is traditionally prepared in a sandwich toaster in the shape of a scallop shell. An ordinary frying pan makes a suitable substitute, however, as is done here. Use the same technique to make a similar sandwich, the Croque-Madame, which features chicken rather than ham.
8 slices dense-textured white sandwich bread
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
10 oz gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
5 oz cooked ham, thinly sliced
cornichons (French-style pickles)
Dijon mustard
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Lightly coat one side of each bread slice with some of the softened butter. Layer half of the Gruyere slices on the unbuttered side of 4 bread slices. Top with the ham, dividing it evenly. Then top the ham with the remaining Gruyère, again dividing it evenly. Place the remaining bread slices, buttered sides up, atop the cheese.

Place a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. When it is hot, slip a sandwich into the pan and cook until golden brown on the bottom, 1 1/2-2 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the sandwich over and continue to cook, reducing the heat slightly, until golden brown on the bottom and the cheese melts, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a warmed platter and repeat with the remaining sandwiches. If necessary, the sandwiches can be reheated for 2-3 minutes in a preheated 350 degrees F oven.

Serve with cornichons and Dijon mustard on the side.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 682
Fat. Total: 50g
Protein: 34g
Carbohydrates, Total: 23g
Sodium: 972mg
% Cal. from Fat: 66%
Cholesterol: 160mg
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