This was my first Croque Monsieur experience in France. The recipe has some of my favourite ingredients, and the pairing makes it perfect to enjoy at any time of the day. Serving it with spicy and sweet kimchi elevates it for anyone wanting an extra kick. Leftover kimchi can be stir-fried with rice, topped with grated Comté and baked. Bon appétit!
- Cut the cabbage in half, lengthways into quarters and then chop up.
- Wash thoroughly, drain then add salt, making sure it is completely coated.
- Add the water and leave to wilt for 1.5hours (stirring occasionally).
- When the leaves are soft and tender, wash 2-3 times under cold water and drain.
- Make a paste with water and flour by whisking both together over low heat.
- Set aside and allow to cool.
- Mix the spices together with the paste (best to use gloves), then mix with leaves.
- Fill a tall airtight jar with the kimchi (3/4 up - not to the brim).
- Close the jar and leave overnight at room temperature.
- Open up the jar the next day to release any gases.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate.
- Clean the figs, mix with salt and honey.
- Oven roast at 180C fan for 15 minutes until caramelised.
- Blitz in a blender and spoon into a bowl.
- In a medium pan, brown the butter slightly.
- Whisk in the flour vigorously and pour in the milk.
- Continue to whisk until smooth and thickened.
- Add the herbs, garlics and nutmeg, then add the cheese and whisk until smooth and thick.
Assembly & Cooking
- Brush a large tray butter and lay 6 slices of bread onto the tray
- Apply the fig confit, then the béchamel sauce and grated nutmeg
- Top with ham and 24g cheese.
- Brush the top slice with fig confit and place the slice onto the fill slices with fig side up.
- Top with béchamel sauce and 18g grated cheese
- Bake at 200C fan for 12 minutes and serve with kimchi.
Recipe: Selasi Gbormittah