Take a mental stroll through the French countryside when you taste this Croque Monsieur Tartine recipe. Pair with your favorite French wine for a relaxing evening with friends.
One of the things I love most about living in Columbus are the different cultures we experience, especially when it comes to food! It is a great reminder that you don’t have to travel out of the country to enjoy rich culinary delights.
Croque Monsieur Tartine Recipe
Last week I had a few of my new foodie friends over to work on a project and decided to splurge on a French themed happy hour, including this Croque Monsieur Tartine recipe, fruits, cheeses, and of course several bottles of wine.
I love ham and cheese sandwiches in all forms and this recipe is a twist on the French classic. It has all the same elements, just in smaller form! President butter, France’s #1 butter crafted from high-quality cultured creams, was the perfect base for my béchamel sauce. It is made in the northwestern portion of France referred to as the “Grand Cru” of European dairy regions.
These little sandwiches paired perfectly with dried figs, fresh berries, and a wedge of creamy, decadent Le Châtelain brie. Le Chatelain is the closest you’ll come to enjoying authentic raw milk French brie without having to travel to France. It is is one of the only pasteurized-milk brie that embodies the flavors of raw milk brie.
We also tasted a variety of French wines that paired wonderfully with this Croque Monsieur Tartine recipe. The sparkling rosé wine was the most popular, but to be honest it’s tough to pick a favorite from this award winning line-up! My personal favorite is the Trimbach Pinot Gris, reminding me of the French wines we sampled years ago when I was in the military. It’s a full-bodied wine with hints of juicy peaches, ripe pears, and a long nutty finish.
– Trimbach Riesling 2014 – AOC Alsace (Dry white wine from Alsace)
– Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve 2013 – AOC Alsace (Dry white wine from Alsace)
– Château D’Esclans, Whispering Angel rosé – AOC Côte de Provence (Rosé wine from Provence)
– Mas de Daumas Gassac red 2015 – IGP St Guilhem-le-Désert – Cité d’Aniane. (red wine from Languedoc)
– Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2016 – IGP Pays d’Hérault (sparkling rosé wine from Languedoc)
Overall the gals loved having a theme for our get-together and we decided moving forward we need to do it more often. It is a great way to experience our favorite foods and wine from other countries, and really pushes us to get creative with our entertaining!
Croque Monsieur Tartine Recipe
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 1/4 cup whole milk slightly warmed
- 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 French baguette sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4-6 slices deli ham roughly chopped
- 1-2 cups grated Gruyère cheese substitute Swiss cheese
- Melt over over medium low heat in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in flour, cook 1 minute.
- Slowly whisk in warm milk. Simmer 5-6 minutes, whisking frequently until thickened.
- Place toasts on a large baking sheet, place under broiler for 2-3 minutes to toast. Watch closely!
- Top bread with ham and béchamel sauce. Sprinkle generously with cheese.
- Place back under broiler until cheese is melted and browned. Serve immediately.