Sunday, 9 February 2014

A Belgian Croque

When I was in Bruges last year there were a few foods that cropped up on almost all of the menus: moules, frites, waffles and croques. There was one café which we went to more than once because their croques (monsieur, madame and various takes on these) were so good. It was something like €8 for one croque and salad but €10 for two croques and salad; a no brainer really. One of the croques they served was full of ham, cheese and tomato then served with a gargantuan amount of bolognaise on the top. Very handy when you want to be full for an afternoon of taking in the culture, or more accurately, beer tasting. Apparently.
You will need (per croque):
2 slices thick white bread
2 slices Emmental cheese
2 slices smoked ham (not wafer thin)
A few slices tomato
Cream cheese with herbs

Preheat a grill and toast the bread. Spread a nice thick layer of cream cheese on one slice.
Put the Emmental on the other slice. 
Top the cream cheese with the ham then the tomatoes and place both slices under the grill.
Keep the toast under the grill until the tomatoes are hot and the cheese has melted and started to bubble. 
Stick the slices together, cut up and serve.
If you have a sandwich toaster you can of course use that but sadly I don't have one of these handy contraptions. A Corby trouser press would work equally well.
This was a pretty good imitation of what I remember it tasting like. I think the quality of the ingredients I used was a little higher than those I remember so it lacks a certain chewy quality but as something a little different for lunch or for a quick and light dinner you could do much worse. A nice fried egg on top would be a lovely addition. 

21 comments:

  1. Yep, that would be a lovely little lunch!

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  2. Sometimes that's all you need.. and of course Belgian beer :D

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  3. I love a good croque! Croque Madame is one of the world's best dishes. But this looks awfully good, too. I really should buy a sandwich press -- wouldn't that be fun! Good recipe -- thanks.

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  4. se ve muy rico para mi desayuno.saludos y abrazos.

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  5. Ham and cheese..a perfect combo for the sandwich. This looks very comforting and delicious.

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  6. I have to say, I have always been curious about whast they taste like yet have never had one. Maybe I should try it with facon :P

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  7. Loveable and simple sandwich. I fancy those ingredients stuffed into it.

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  8. mmmm, love the idea of the cream-cheese with herbs in there too.. I totally get that!

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  9. Next time I'm staying in a hotel I'll look more closely at the trouser-press! If there are bits of cheese around the edges I'll assume you have been there before...

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  10. Yummy. I like the idea of making it in a trouser press.

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  11. this is simple but sensational!

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  12. fun to learn about a new sandwich :-)

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  13. Such a delicious yet simple gourmet sandwich :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  14. Yum! This is perfect for lunch...I wish for one now.
    Have a great week Caroline :D

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  15. Love this sandwich! Makes me feel like having it right away!

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  16. We were there last year and enjoyed the sandwiches AND chocolate :). Yummy lunch!

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  17. I love a croque monsieur...and if I can't make it to Bruges (or Paris ) to have one served to me, I'll just have to make your scrumptious version at home :)

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  18. I remember visiting Paris and eating my first croque. Heavenly!

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  19. I forgot all about Croques. This looks so cheesy and delicious! I've been craving salty delicious things like this lately :)

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