One of many of my fav Parisian must haves is called the "Croque Monsieur." The Croque Monsieur is the French's version of a grilled cheese sandwich. Fresh made bread, Gruyere cheese, French Ham, Mustard, fried in butter usually, with a little flour. Being gluten free, that combo does would not go down so well, for me. So, I created the gluten free, and butter free version. If you do not have a hard time with butter by ALL means use a real French imported butter instead of coconut oil is this recipe.
The CROQUE MONSTER gives the original a good run for its money. I personally like this version better. But, then again it’s been over 15 years since I could stomach a real one. The only big noticeable difference is that the gluten free bread is not as crunchy and fresh baked tasting as real fresh baked bread.
I used a Gluten Free bread made by Essential Baking Company for this one. You can find it at Costco.
The CROQUE MONSTER was born after an texting auto correct mishap that quickly became infamous! Now, these little monsters are making there way int kitckens across the country!
If you want to make a large portion, like a handful of sandwiches at once, you can bake them. Place them all on a baking tray, with a Parchment Sheet, at 375 F for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to flip them once halfway through, though. It’s not the same. But, its faster and fairly close.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Frying Pan or Skillet
Medium Sized Bowl
2 tbsp. Coconut Flour
1 tbsp. water
1 thick slice of Gruyere Cheese
Pinch of Salt
Pink of Pepper
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Thick Slice French Ham (Or Regular Ham if you cant find French)
Heat a well-coated heavy bottomed frying pan/skillet, on medium heat, with Coconut Oil, until hot.
While your pan/skillet is heating… Using a knife spread a fair amount of Dijon Mustard on the inside of one slice of bread.
Place a slice of ham, and a slice of cheese onto your other slice bread.
Lay the Dijon mustard slice on top of your ham and cheese. Put aside.
Beat egg and water, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper in a medium sized bowl.
In another Medium bowl, put 2 Heaping Tbsp. Coconut Flour.
Using tongs, dip your sandwich into the egg mixture turning over several times, to coat thoroughly.
Transfer your sandwich to your Coconut Flour Mixture bowl. Roll it, flip it, and coat it.
Check on your heating pan/skillet. You will know it is ready when the surface glistens and shimmers. You can try adding a small piece of food, even a small piece of garlic; it will sizzle immediately when added to a heated skillet that is ready.
Using tongs, place your sandwich in the middle of your pan/skillet.
Let it fry for a little less than 3 minutes, on each side, before flipping. If you like a thickly coated frying feel free to add coconut oil to each side.