Bistro Maison

Authentic French Bistro restaurant in Oregon's wine country, Willamette Valley

503-474-1888
729 NE Third Street
McMinnville OR 97128

Entrée servings are ample and exquisite, so save room for them.
 




4 servings

Ingredients

3 tablespoons unsalted butter +1/2 tablespoon
1/3 cup flour
2 1/4 cups milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg

2 cups (about 3/4 pound) grated Gruyere or Emmenthaler Swiss cheese

½ cup grainy mustard
4 slices French country bread (large round loaf)
4 slices ham

Method

1. Start by making the béchamel sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

Add the flour, and mix briskly with a whisk for 2 minutes. Still over low heat, add 2 cups of the milk, Continuing to whisk briskly. When the sauce comes to a boil, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Remove from the heat, and let cool.

2. Spread butter on one of the side of the bread (will be bottom side)

3. Spread mustard on the other side (top)

4. Top each slice of bread with a slice of ham and then liberally with the béchamel sauce.

5. Sprinkle with the grated gruyere, and cook in an oven or under a broiler until golden brown.

Serve with pomme frites or salad