Basil and cheese salted cake – Christmas Eve Menu 1/9

049The first part of my Christmas Eve aperitif was done with those basil and cheese salted cakes.

Preheat the oven at 350 °F. Mix together 1 cup of milk, 1.5 oz of butter, three eggs, 2.5 oz of flour, 3.5 oz of grated swiss cheese, 10 sheets of basil, salt and pepper. Distribute the preparation in a pan  for little cakes. Put in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool in the kitchen out of the pan. It’s ready for a fantastic aperitif.

Bon appétit !

Croque-monsieur (toasted ham and cheese sandwich)

In France, we too have our national hot sandwich : it’s not the hamburger but the « Croque-monsieur », a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Easy and fast to prepare, this sandwich is very well known in French families for a fast dinner at the end of the week-end, for example.

To do 6 croque-monsieurs, you need : 12 slices of bread, 6 slices of ham, 6 slices of Swiss cheese (or grated Swiss cheese), some sour cream and some grated Swiss cheese.

Put 6 slices of bread on a cookie sheet. Spread some sour cream on each slice, making a fine layer. Add the slices of ham on each slice. Cut it on the sides not to exceed any sandwich. Add the slices of Swiss cheese above the ham and close the sandwich with the second slice of bread. Sprinkle each croque-monsieur with some grated Swiss cheese to brown.

Put the sheet in your oven for 12 minutes at 400 °F. Your croque-monsieur should be well browned on the outside and soft inside. It’s ready to serve and you can accompany this dish with some salad. You can also cut the sandwich in little pieces for kids.

The traditional croque-monsieur has two different variations :

The croque-madame where you replace the grated cheese on the top of the sandwich with an egg you’ve just broken over the bread before putting it in the oven.

The banana croque-monsieur for dessert or breakfast. I will give you the recipe very soon.

Bon appétit !