“What are we eating this evening?” is the question that all parents in need of inspiration fear in front of their fridge. For many families, dinner is an important time of the day. Often, it is only at this moment that family members can meet up and talk. Parents and children talk about their respective days over a good meal. The choice of dish is often crucial, because it will determine the mood of the little gourmands. If there is broccoli on the menu, it will be more of a grimace soup, whereas if it is more of a recipe without vegetables, the atmosphere will immediately be more relaxed.
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So you have to rack your brains and come up with ideas every evening that will please the whole family and the least we can say is that it is not an easy task! In these cases, the best thing is to focus on simple things like croque-monsieur. For make your job easier and arouse the curiosity of children, the culinary content creator known on social networks under the pseudonym Table setting suggests making a giant croque-monsieur. This XXL version of this essential of French gastronomy is the ideal alternative when you don’t have much time to cook, but we want to please everyone. Deliciousness and efficiency, all the ingredients for a successful meal are found in this recipe!
A very easy recipe to prepare, ideal for a family dinner
As 7 p.m. approaches, stomachs wake up and everyone starts wondering what will be on the plates tonight. The children do not hesitate to pester the parents to find out the answer and when the latter announce that this evening there will be croque-monsieurs, cries of joy are often heard. Simple and delicious, it’s the family dish ideal to prepare for weekday dinner. And to save you even more time, food influencer Mise.en.table had the idea of making a giant croque-monsieur. Its beautiful layer of cream which has nicely browned in the oven will delight everyone’s taste buds!
The list of ingredients for at least 4 people:
- 1 package of sandwich bread
- 8 slices of white ham
- 8 slices of Emmental
- 1/2 jar of thick crème fraîche
- 4 large spoons of grated parmesan
- 100 g grated Emmental
- a little butter
The steps of the recipe:
- Start by preheating your oven by setting it to the grill option.
- Next, butter the bottom of a gratin dish. At the bottom of the dish, place the slices of sandwich bread and cover them with melted butter. Cover the sandwich bread completely with slices of ham, Emmental cheese and then again with sandwich bread.
- In a small bowl, mix 1/2 jar of thick crème fraîche with 4 large spoons of grated Parmesan and 100 g of grated Emmental. Don’t forget to season with a little pepper. Pour this mixture over the entire dish.
- Bake for 6 minutes on grill mode.
Original variations of the croque-monsieur
If we never tire of the original croque-monsieur recipe, with its ham, emmental and comforting béchamel, sometimes it is just as good to innovate and try new things! Simply replace a few ingredients with others while keeping the spirit of the croque-monsieur. For example, you can switch Emmental for Comté or cheddar. If we want to give an Italian touch to our dish, swap the Emmental for some Mozzarella and prefer jcountry ambience. For even more deliciousness, add green pesto. You can also push the limits of the original recipe by using instead chicken with goat cheeseof salmon with spinachor even in a vegetarian version with lots of seasonal vegetables.
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