Croque Monsieur with Fresh Spinach
Spinach, ham, eggs and melted cheese make a delectable combo in this French sammie that you can enjoy for any meal of the day!
- 2 tablespoons butter, plus some for eggs
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- Salt and pepper
- Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
- 2 cups lightly packed small farm/organic spinach leaves, stemmed and coarsely chopped
- 8 slices prosciutto cotto or other mild ham
- 1/2 pound Gruyère cheese, shredded
- 4 slices good-quality white bread, sliced by hand into 3/4-inch-thick slices
- 4 large organic eggs
Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Whisk in the flour, cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg and thicken to coat the back of a spoon. Wilt the spinach into the sauce and remove from the heat.
Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet and distribute the spinach and sauce evenly over the bread. Top each slice of bread with two folded slices of ham and a small mound of cheese. Bake until golden on top. Cook the eggs any style, then top each slice of bread with an egg and serve.