Camembert and Pear Croque Monsieur


Savory ham, creamy Camembert, and thin, crunchy slices of raw pear combine to make an unforgettable hot sandwich. Simply heat a touch of olive oil in a skillet and cook the sandwich for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown using a full tea kettle to press it.
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At a glance
4 slices bread
4 ounces Ile de France Camembert, cut into 12 thin slices
4 ounces cooked ham, sliced fairly thin, about 4 slices
1 small pear, preferably Bosc, almost ripe, peeled, cored and cut into very thin slices
2 teaspoons olive oil


Place all 4 slices of bread out on a work surface. Add 3 slices of Camembert to each piece. Top 2 slices of bread with the ham, doubling the ham over if necessary so it doesn’t stick out beyond the bread. Place the pear slices on the other 2 slices of bread. Place the slices of bread with the cheese and ham on top of the slices of bread with the pear and cheese.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderate heat for about a minute. Add the sandwich and use a can of beans or a full tea kettle to weigh the sandwich down (The idea is to press the sandwich). Cook 2 minutes and gently flip the sandwich over, press it down again, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Additional Tips

For the bread we suggest using multi-grain bread, but you can also use slices of a crunchy baguette, ciabatta, sour dough, or pre-sliced rye, white, or pumpernickel.