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Croque-Monsieur

Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: About 7 Minutes Serves: 6 Servings 3 Tbs butter, softened
12 slices favorite bread
1/4 lb thinly sliced smoked ham
3/4 cup grated gruyère cheese or any favorite cheese

Garnishes, optional:
Pickles
Pitted olives
Don't let the fancy name fool you — this is basically an extra-yummy grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich. It's best served right after broiling.

1. Butter bread on both sides. Place 6 slices on a baking sheet, 6 on a second sheet.

2. Preheat broiler, then toast 1 side of the bread until golden brown, 1 sheet at a time, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip all bread over and place a slice of ham (or 2 slices for adults) on 6 slices of bread; set aside.

3. Sprinkle the cheese on the remaining 6 slices of bread and broil until cheese is melted, bubbling, and golden brown, about 4 minutes.

4. To assemble the sandwiches, place a slice of bread with cheese on top of a slice of bread with ham. Cut the sandwiches in half (or into quarters for kids) and serve hot, with pickles and pitted olives, if desired.

How Kids Can Help: Butter the bread and place slices on the baking sheet; older kids can layer ham and sprinkle cheese on toasted bread. 276 calories, 14 g fat (7.9 g saturated), 632 mg sodium, 41 mg cholesterol

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