If you can access a toastie pie maker or a sandwich press you will get an even crisper, crunchier result. As variations, use sliced tomato instead of pear, mix a little bechamel sauce or good-quality mayonnaise into the mustard, or use chutney or relish instead of mustard. To make a Croque Madame, fry eggs in butter and serve an egg on top of each sandwich.
|8 slices||Sourdough bread, use thick slices (Main)|
|1 knob||Butter, to spread|
|4 tsp||Grain mustard|
|450 g||Shaved ham (Main)|
|300 g||Grated gruyere cheese, or tasty cheese (Main)|
|1||Pear, cored and thinly sliced|
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- Butter bread on one side, then flip so the unbuttered side faces up. Spread with mustard and top with ham, cheese and slices of pear. Season to taste with salt and pepper and sandwich another slice of bread on top, buttered side up.
- Cook in a preheated frying pan over medium heat until bread is golden and crispy and cheese has melted (about 5 minutes).