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Croque Monsieur Toast Cups Recipe

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Ooh la la! Bring the flair of France to your next Christmas party with bubbly toast cups inspired by Croque Monsieur—a French grilled sandwich featuring ham and cheese.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Broil: 5 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Broil: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash white pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham, julienned
  • Minced chives

Directions

  1. Flatten bread with a rolling pin; cut each slice into four squares. Brush both sides of bread with butter; press into miniature muffin cups. Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt butter; whisk in flour and seasonings until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Place 1/4 teaspoon mustard in each toast cup. Sprinkle half of the cheese into cups. Layer each with ham, sauce and remaining cheese. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with chives. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Croque Monsieur Toast Cups in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p24

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