Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quick Croque Monsieur à la Kavli

Photo: A croque monsieur sandwich still in the oven after broiling by Michael Brewer
A Croque Monsieur is simply a toast with ham, garnished with bechamel sauce and baked in the oven. Simply is though not the word, as I rarely have white sauce at hand, but have to make it from scratch. Yesterday I had a bright idea that made a decent croque so much easier to make.

In Norway, the Kavli company has provided us with soft cheese spread with different flavours since I was a kid. Originally you could get just a few varieties, one with bacon and another with prawn taste, either out of a box or a tube.  Lately they have extended their range to include more exotic tastes.

I bought a box of bacon flavoured cheese just after I moved. The soft spreadable cheese proved to be a very good substitute for a white cheese sauce, thus the  first Quick Croque à la Kavli saw the light of day.

Quick Croque Monsieur à la Kavli (Serves two)
Photo: Company website
8 slices of bread
4 large tbsp spaghetti sauce
4 slices of boiled ham
150 grams / 5 oz cheese, grated
150 grams / 5 oz kavli bacon flavoured cheese or another soft cheese variety

Arrange four slices of bread on a baking tray.

Spread tomato sauce on the sliced bread, and then one large slice of boiled ham on top of the sauce. Then place half the grated cheese on ham. Press the second slice of ham on top.

Spread Kavli cheese equally on top of second slice of bread, and add grated cheese on top.

Bake in a medium oven (175-200C / 340-400F) until cheese is golden and Kavli cheese is melted.

Serve with salad and a glass of red wine.

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