Croque Monsieur Sliders with Strawberry Jam

by Shawnda on October 2, 2013

in Appetizers,Burgers & Sliders,Pork,Quick & Easy,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas

Baked Croque Monsieur Sliders

The internet has given us a great, great many gifts.

Cats. And not the happy ones. Although I’m in the camp that believes that there is no such thing as a happy cat. (And if the lighting is right and you worked hard enough, you might have seen the scar on my hip to back up my claim.)

Keep Calm and Beer Me

Keep Calm And [Do Everything!]. Keeping calm, I’m not so good at. It requires a lot of effort, much more than over-reacting and waving my hands around and yelling does. Plus, if I’m freaking out, I’m occupied and therefore not quietly scheming a way to hide your body. We all win, here.

Message boards. For EVERYTHING. You dig tractors? Royal wardrobes? Mountain biking? Or are you a 30-something woman with possibly a borderline-unhealthy and definitely weird The Little Mermaid fascination? (OMG, guys! The 3D/Blu-Ray has finally been released!!!!) You have a virtual home where you won’t be judged. (Openly, by people using their real name.)

Baked Croque Monsieur Sliders

But better than all of that – and almost even better than ProFootballMock’s QBs on Facebook – are those baked ham & cheese sliders. You know the ones, made out of those popular sweet dinner rolls and doused with a stick of melted butter.

Guys. An entire stick of butter. There are days when that’s appropriate because butter fixes feelings, just like duct tape fixes anything that isn’t feelings. Or food.

Baked Croque Monsieur Sliders

But on days when a stick of butter isn’t required, or really wanted (it sometimes happens), we add a spoonful of strawberry jam to those sliders before drowning those little miniature bites of internet wonderful in a garlicky cheese sauce.

And just like that, those little “Green Eggs & Ham” Sliders from your kid’s Cat in the Hat birthday party are suddenly uber-fancy miniature Croque Monsieurs.

The internet. It’s a beautiful thing. (Usually.)

Croque Monsieur Sliders

A garlicky cheese sauce converts the popular baked ham & cheese slider into a miniature croque monsieur.

Calories: 200.2 | Fat: 7.2g | Fiber 1.0g | Protein 11.6g | Carbs 20.9g

Ingredients

  • For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 2 tsp dijon or brown mustard (I use creole)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use 1%)
  • Salt
  • 1 oz grated swiss (or ~1 slice, diced)
  • For the sliders:
  • 1 dozen dinner rolls (I use King Hawaiian Honey Wheat)
  • 12 slices of ham
  • 3 slices of swiss, quartered
  • ~4 Tbsp strawberry jam
  • Grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking dish with foil.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter, add the garlic and stir, letting it cook for ~1 minute.
  3. Stir in the flour and black pepper until smooth, let cook an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the mustard and slowly stream in half of the milk, whisking to keep the sauce smooth.
  5. Add the cheese in two parts, whisking until smooth after additions.
  6. Finish with the rest of the milk and let cook for another 2-3 minutes until bubbly around the edges and thick enough to generously coat the spoon (you're going to spoon this over the sandwiches and want it to be thick enough to mostly stay in place).
  7. Slice the rolls in half horizontally (if you break the rolls into 2 halves of 6, you can do this with 2 cuts and not squish the bread).
  8. To build the sliders, spread 1 tsp of strawberry jam on the bottom roll, top with a slice of ham (folded to fit), a quartered piece of cheese, a spoonful of the sauce, and the top roll.
  9. Place rolls close enough on the pan that they're nearly touching.
  10. After all rolls are assembled, spoon all of the sauce over top. If you find the sauce too thin, reheat it for a couple of minutes over medium heat.
  11. Sprinkle grated parmesan over top and bake for ~15 minutes, until the cheese begins to brown.
  12. Serve hot. Or warm. Or straight out of the fridge the next morning for breakfast. Seriously, they're that good.
  13. And most importantly, thank the internet for being so fabulous.

Notes

Yields: 12 sliders

Source: A smash-up of this and this.

Estimated time: 40 minutes

Nutritional Information
Calories: 200.2 | Fat: 7.2g | Fiber 1.0g | Protein 11.6g | Carbs 20.9g

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Courtney @ Neighborfood October 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

I freaking love this. Croque monsieurs are one of my favorite sandwiches and you just made them easy, mini, and great for parties. So pumped.

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2 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes October 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Yes. I have a love/hate with the Interwebs. Buuuuuuutttt not with these sliders! Brilliant!!!

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3 Pomme October 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

that’s a good idea ! it seems delicious. unfortunately i can’t it them because of the gluten but Mr Pomme would love !

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4 Joanne October 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

The internet definitely has the good and the bad! But…I’m pretty sure these fall safely on the REALLY good side.

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5 Stacey October 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

The internet barfed sprinkles and pumpkin spice everywhere, too. I made the original version of these lil’ sammiches for my meat, cheese, potatoes, butter loving husband, and his first comment was that there was too much butter. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. These remind me of Monte Cristo sandwiches, and I cannot wait to try them. You win the internets.

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6 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet October 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Adorable! I really believe in the power of putting things on Kings Hawaiian…

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7 Allison D October 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Yummm! These would be delicious with a “Thanksgiving” spin– you could make them with turkey and apple butter/apple compote instead. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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8 Shawnda October 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

Ooooh – or cranberry sauce! Great idea!

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9 Carol November 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

This is the first time I’ve stumbled across your blog and you are freaking hilarious. I burst out laughing multiple times and forced my daughter to listen to you describe the pain of keeping calm and she promptly burst out laughing as well and said, “that’s you, Mom”. Bookmarked. (And I really like the less-than-a-stick-of-butter-and-homemade-freezer-jam-makes-these-fancy sandwiches. I just made the other version for the first time last weekend!)

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10 Shawnda November 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thanks, Carol :)

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