Endives in the ham

DSCF0671It’s a family recipe, fast and good. To do it for 5 guests, you need : 5 endives, 5 slices of boiled ham and a béchamel sauce (2 oz of butter, 1 cup of flour, 2 cups of milk, salt and pepper), grated swiss cheese.

Cook your endives in a pan of boiling water during 30 minutes. To check it’s enough cooked, plant a fork in the endives. If you have no resistance, it’s ready. Drain the vegetables during 30 more minutes.

Prepare the béchamel sauce. Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and mix. Add the milk and whip the preparation without stopping on a slowly fire, until the sauce thickens. Add salt and pepper at your convenience and mix.

Roll an endive in each slice of ham. Put it in an oven plate. Pour the sauce on endives in the ham. Add some grated cheese on the top and put the plate in the oven during 15 minutes with a temperature of 400 °F.

It’s ready to serve.

Bon appétit !

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Beef Bourguignon

DSCF0854The beef Bourguignon is a traditionnal french recipe for winter dinner. To prepare it, you need : 35 oz of shoulder of beef, 2 onions, 4 carrots, 10 potatoes, one bottle of burgundy wine (a first prize to cook, keep the good wine to drink with that dish :)), 2 tablespoon of oil, 1 oz of butter, 2 tablespoon of flour, salt and pepper.

 

Take a pot (in cast iron rather). Put the oil and make warm it slowly. During that time, cut the meat in medium-sized pieces. Brown the meat with the oil . During that time, cut the onions in small-sized pieces. When the meat has a nice brown, reserve it out of the pot and put the onions in the pot to cook. Reserve it out of the pot.

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Put the butter in the pot. When it’s melted, add the flour and mix it to obtain a thick sauce (a red as we said). When your sauce is ready, add the meat and onions, mix it with the sauce. Add the wine.

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Peel carrots, wash it and cut it in fine slices. Peel the potatoes, wash it and add it in the pot with the carrots. Put salt and pepper at your convenience. If you want to have an original result and to amaze your guests, you can replace classic potatoes by purple potatoes, as I made it in these recipe. If you want to have a more flavourful dish, you can add some mushrooms and diced bacon.

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Put the lid on the pot and let simmer during 2 hours, by mixing time to time.

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It’s ready to serve. Accompany this dish of very good burgundy wine, it will be just delicious.

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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 !