Elizabeth, my DD has quickly found the goodness of French café food in Grenoble. She sent me a picture of a croque-monsieur she had the other day, and I was jealous – it’s one of my favorites. Chef Loic at Café des Artistes in Leonardtown makes the best I’ve ever had. Friday afternoons at the shop, we often order in lunch from the Café, and croque-monsier (avec frites, bien sûr) is a popular pick. These decadent treats are so huge that two of us often share one – it is only lunch, after all. I could probably eat one by myself, but then I wouldn’t want dinner and my family would be, um, rather disappointed.
I haven’t had a croque in quite a while. I’ve been good, ordering a house salad — sometimes with a salmon fillet on top. Loic’s perfectly cooked salmon and delicious mustard vinaigrette keep it from feeling like you’re being good, but I digress. So I want a croque monsier at home – I want to share it with my family. Tonight, I’m thinking it’s perfect for an early pre-pro-bowl dinner. Here’s the recipe I’m going to use. I have gruyère cheese in the fridge and am headed out for some Black Forest Ham. Do you think fries would be over the top? Yeah – might as well go for broke.
Then I’m going to sit and knit my Bedouin Bag, and try not to think about calories and cholesterol.