|Ham and Cheese sandwich ready to eat|
What is a croque monsieur?
In very simple terms, it's a grilled ham cheese sandwich with a béchamel sauce. Thankfully, the kids were told they could leave the sauce off.
|Melting butter in SKK saute pan|
1. Never leave a heating pan unsupervised.
2. Turn handles in towards the side or back of the cooker, but not so that they overhang another burner.
3. Don't touch a burner, or pan on the burner, with bare hands.
4. Adjust the heating so that it is appropriate for the food which is being cooked. In this case, I recommended he use a med-high heat so that the bread would brown without burning while the cheese melted.
|Slicing cheddar cheese|
For his cheese, he selected a mature cheddar. The ham came from a small pre-cooked gammon joint, which tasted loads better than processed ham as well as being less expensive.
|Assembled ingredients and tools|
|Time to put everything together|
I did make one suggestion here, that he not place the two halves of the bread together until after the cheese had a chance to melt on each side.
He noticed the cheese was not melting very well, and realised that he could have sliced it thinner.
Because he doesn't like sauces or butter, both are noticably absent from this sandwich as well. The bit of butter in the pan was a token gesture, made only because I suggested the sandwich would brown better if he used it.
|It's nearly ready|
While the sandwich continued to cook, he and his younger brother created a second croque monsieur in the background, this time using a gluten-free bread thin.
My older son had his ham and cheese toastie by itself,while his younger brother decided to have his as an accompaniment with a bowl of soup. I also ate mine by itself, but did have some fresh fruit after.
Final verdict: He liked the sandwich, but prefers plain ham without the cheese.
I believe that cooking is a skill that all children need to learn, and I am glad that cooking skills are being taught in secondary school. I may just suggest to my son that he make his croque monsieur at home more often now that he and I both know he can do it.