cook like david uecke (croque monsieur)

I’ve made no secret of my love for L’Albatros. Why would I? This restaurant is simply fantastic. I always leave happy and genuinely enjoy the food (especially the cheese!) and atmosphere (my favorite patio in town). I first tried this sandwich when we went for lunch one day and had Natalie with us. Little Miss Foodie did not appreciate that her mom kept taking bites.

L’Albatros Croque Monsieur Recipe courtesy of David Uecke, Chef du Cuisine (serves four)

  • Brioche bread sliced (½ inch thick)
  • Smoked ham sliced thin
  • 4 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • Swiss cheese sliced thin
  • 4 tbsp whole butter

Method: Spread whole grain mustard on one side of each slice of bread.    Place one slice of Swiss cheese on each side of bread, on top of mustard.  Add five slices of ham per sandwich.  Put sandwich together and butter outsides of bread.  Cook in medium size nonstick pan or griddle until golden brown.

Goat cheese sauce:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh goat cheese
  • ½ tsp ground fennel seed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp white pepper

Method: Cook in medium size saucepan.  Heat heavy cream until it begins to simmer.  With a whisk, slowly incorporate the goat cheese.  Season to taste with fennel seed, salt, and white pepper.

To finish sandwich, top with goat cheese sauce.  Place under broiler until sauce browns slightly.

Heinen's Logo PMS 350 & 209This post was sponsored by Heinen’s. Glenn, the beer specialist at the University Heights store, not surprisingly suggests a good lager with this sandwich. “Although many beer styles will go very well with this classic sandwich, I would suggest Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest,” he explains. “This medium bodied amber lager has a malty base that is perfect with smoked ham. Although this beer is lightly hopped, it will not interfere with the subtle flavor of the goat cheese sauce. This beer’s dry finish will compliment the overall recipe.”

He adds that by finishing this sandwich under the broiler until the sauce browns slightly, allows the light sweetness of this malty beer to be distinguished.