Posted by: marthabernie | August 30, 2015

SANDWICH INSPIRED CASSEROLE

This is a French dish known as Croque Monsieur Casserole, but I like to call it Sandwich Inspired Casserole.  It’s easy to make, and you can substitute any sandwich makings for the ham and cheese.  It’s basically like a savory bread and butter pudding.

CROQUE MONSIEUR CASSEROLE

1 day old 12 oz. baguette cut into 20 slices, toast lightly if bread is fresh

2 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

9 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded

8 oz thinly sliced Black Forest ham

4 eggs

1-1/4 cups whole  milk

salt and pepper

Chop half of the bread into 1/2 inch pieces.  In a bowl, toss with melted butter, set aside.  Spread mustard over remaining bread and arrange, overlapping slightly in a greased 2 quart baking dish.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese on top.  Fold ham slices in half and arrange in an even layer over bread.  Top with half of remaining cheese.  Sprinkle with chopped bread and remaining cheese.  In a bowl whisk the eggs and milk, season.  Pour over the casserole and let stand at room temp for 30 minutes.  Position a rack in the upper third of oven, preheat to 400 degrees F.  Bake until casserole puffs and top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 


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