Croque-Monsieur French Toast is the perfect addition for a Valentines Day brunch ~ layers of Ham, Cheese and Bechamel Sauce on a slice of French Toast – heavenly !
I have been making Croque-Monsieur French Toast for some time now as it is quick, easy and delicious. Not only for breakfast or brunch, but also a light dinner when it is just the hubby and myself home.
My son also does not mind having these scrumptious French Toasts for dinner, especially when he’s already had a hearty lunch at work, which happens quite often.
The other evening we had some for dinner. Accompanied with a crunchy salad, and my husband mentioned (or should I say hinted!) that these would make a delicious addition to a Valentines Day brunch.
Definitely think that was more of a hint than anything else and I know he does love these Croque-Monsieurs.
Well, I shall not complain, brunch for Valentines Day is halfway sorted out. And I already have a delicious idea for dinner that evening. It also helps that Valentines Day falls on a Sunday this year, therefore brunch is perfect.
The recipe below is for 4 – 6 servings, which is 2 – 3 Croque-Monsieur French Toasts per person. These are already very filling and we are usually happy with 3 Toasts and a small side salad per person, as a light dinner.
Served as part of brunch for only 2, I half the recipe and serve fresh fruit, yogurts and some nuts/seeds as well. Juice is a must, of course, but you might like a glass of Champagne on a special day!
**Shaved Ham is very thinly sliced (paper thin really!)
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 t Fresh Garlic crushed
- 2 TB Butter
- 2 TB Flour
- 1/4 cup Brandy
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/4 t Salt
- Butter for frying
- 12 slices French Loaf
- 12 slices Gypsy Ham (or your favorite shaved** Ham)
- 1/2 cup Guyere Cheese grated
- Fresh Parsley to garmish
Bechamel Sauce – In a small microwavable bowl, heat the Milk, Bay Leaves and Garlic until just warm – remove from microwave oven (can use stove top too) and set aside. (Strain just before use in step 2)
Meanwhile melt the Butter in a small saucepan over medium heat – stir in the Flour and cook 1 – 2 minutes, stirring continuously – remove from heat and add the strained Milk little by little, stirring well in between each addition until smooth – heat again over low heat until thickened
Pour in the Brandy, flambe, stir and season to taste with Salt and Black Pepper – cover and set aside
Beat together the Eggs, Milk and Salt in a medium bowl
Melt a tablespoon or two of Butter in a skillet over medium heat – dip the slices of French Loaf in the Egg mixture and cook both sides until done – add more Butter as you go along until all the slices are toasted (fried)
Set the oven on grill and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper
Transfer the French Toast to the two sheets leaving plenty of space between slices
Top each French Toast with a slice of Gypsy Ham – sprinkle over some Gruyere Cheese and place under the grill until the Cheese has melted – remove from the oven and pour the Bechamel Sauce over each French Toast – return to the oven for another minute or two
Sprinkle generously with Parsley and serve immediately.