Literally translated as a gentleman’s crunch, the croque-monsieur is a true bite of Paris, guaranteed to restore you on a-morning-after-the-night-before, even if you didn’t have a night before that left you in need of restoration.
Mix grated cheese with enough sour cream to make it hold together. Add pepper, grated nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard.
Place a sheet of greaseproof paper on the bench, butter
Heat a heavy-bottomed frypan and place sandwiches butter-side down, pressing down lightly to help them stick together. Fry until golden, then turn and fry until lightly golden on the second side. Serve hot, or have the overhead grill heated for this next optional step.
Remove sandwiches from pan and quickly spread one side with any remaining cheese mixture, covering right to the edges to prevent burning. Place under grill for one minute or two until the cheese topping bubbles and browns, watching carefully that it doesn’t burn.
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