"Here is the plain version, with its delicious primal taste of ham, cheese, and bread all browned leisurely in the best butter." -Julia Child
Author: Julia Child
Recipe type: Sandwich
2 thin slices (1/4 inch thick) fresh white sandwich bread of best homemade-type quality, such as Pain de Mie
2 to 3 tbsp clarified butter (butter melted, skimmed, the clear liquid poured off the milky residue--have a small saucepan of it for several sandwiches)
2 thin slices (1/8 inch thick) Mozzarella cheese or rather soft Swiss
1 thin slice (1/8 inch thick) cooked ham, the dimensions of the bread
For each sandwich, lay a slice of bread on your work surface, brush it with clarified butter, cover with a slice of cheese, a slice of ham, another slice of cheese, then brush one side of the second slice of bread with butter, and lay it buttered side down on top of the sandwich.
Now press the sandwich together firmly, leaning on it with the palm of your hand.
Trim off crusts, and press down again on sandwich.
Film a frying pan with 1/8 inch of the clarified butter, heat to bubbling, and brown the sandwiches rather slowly (2 to 3 minutes) on each side, so the cheese will melt; add more butter as needed.
For appetizers, cut the sandwiches into quarters or eighths.
If done ahead, arrange on a baking sheet and set aside, covered with plastic wrap. Uncover and heat in a 375-degree oven 5 minutes or so before serving.
Recipe by Webicurean at http://blog.webicurean.com/2012/08/04/croque-monsieur-cookforjulia-sundaysupper/