Meryl Streep “cooks” really well when she’s acting!

I’ve noticed that I appreciate actors who play characters that make food on-screen. (Yes, I know they’re not actually the ones making the food, but it looks good nonetheless!) One of the best examples of this is Meryl Streep. She was simply fantastic in Julie and Julia when she “made” all of the food as Julia Child. And, don’t get me started on how awesome her croque monsieurs looked coming out of the oven in It’s Complicated. Hmm, my giddyness over Meryl Streep’s “cooking” has me sounding like Cameron from Modern Family!

Anyway, after seeing Meryl’s croque monsieurs and with the temperatures in Chicago dropping to the mid-60s, I thought it would be a great idea to bake some of these gooey, cheesy sandwiches! Besides I needed a pick-me-up from my recent pecan sandies debacle.

I used a recipe by a different French food expert, Ina Garten. I pretty much followed her version to the letter except I put mayonnaise on my bread instead of mustard.

These sandwiches were extremely satisfying. I highly recommend making one if you’re really in need of a boost after an unsuccessful recipe.

On a side note, a big thanks to my sister (Codename: Surfer Psychologist) who sent me a care package from Hawaii including two cookbooks and the bamboo plate in the photos above!


49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Three-Cookies
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 17:16:35

    They look comforting. I have never tried croque monsieurs with mayo, it must be your own unique twist

  2. Eileen
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 17:17:57

    Mmmmm…you had me at your first photo of melty cheese. I’ve never cooked any Ina, but I may have to check her out because I WANT TO EAT THAT.

    And I agree about Meryl. I’ll bet she’s badass in the kitchen in real life, because she just looks so comfortable there on screen. One of my other fave Meryl-in-the-kitchen moments is in The Hours, when she’s separating out the egg whites for her crab thing. Who knew you could say so much by how you handle an egg??

  3. ceciliag
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 17:41:59

    Cheese on toaste, or rarebit.. I LOVE it.. i eat this about three times a week for lunch.. my favourite food.. I had some for lunch today with salami and chutney and now I WANT more!!! c

  4. JamieAnne
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 18:02:34

    You! Looks toasty and gooey! πŸ˜€

  5. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 18:19:46

    so simple ( cheese, bread and mayo….) yet such an incredible dish for a cool evening!!! you make my wheels turn.

  6. forgottenbeast
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 19:27:58

    Ooo what a fancy looking treat! And nothing is hurt by a good coating of cheese πŸ˜€

  7. Ronda
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 19:50:50


  8. Life is Full
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 21:26:00

    Melty cheese… comfort food! Making something successful sure lifts the mood, I know! Hope you’re feeling better, especially after receiving the fab care package!

  9. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 21:39:57

    I loved Julie and Julia. I just thought Meryl was brilliant in that role, she had it down to a “T”.

  10. Anita Menon
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 00:43:10

    I did a braised cucumbers from the movie – Julie & Julia. I feel, this movie has made such a profound impact on so many of us. I know of people who started a food blog inspired by this movie. Its Complicated is another one of my favourites!
    I haven’t ever had a croque monsieur before but from the pictures they sure look tempting

  11. Sutapa
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 00:52:10

    Yuuuuuuum! This is not right dear to have such a dish alone either you send some for us or invite us to your place !!:) Waiting!

  12. The Little Foodie
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 01:08:10

    That is a really cool plate, actually. Where did she get it?
    I wish I had this for dinner instead. πŸ™‚

  13. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 01:24:29

    You’re right, we’re entering toasted cheese time. Strangely, in our 10 years living in France, we’ve never managed to find a good Croque Monsieur in a restaurant or brasserie. You’ve got to make them yourself..

  14. Andi Winslow
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 06:11:36

    Yummy cheese, love Ina’s recipes…….beautiful pics also andi

  15. kitchen flavours
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 06:24:41

    This looks good! Perfect for lunch and a snack in between! You have been tagged in a game, come visit me for more details! πŸ™‚

  16. Parsley Sage
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 06:51:26

    Gotta love the Hawaiian swag! Can’t wait to see what you whip up from those cookbooks. I’m sure they’ll be super yummy. Like these AMAZING cheesy heaven sammiches. So good!

  17. saffronandhoney
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 07:10:58

    Yum, yum, and yum! Those look amazing! And very motion picture worthy:)

  18. Von
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 07:24:28

    This sure looks satisfying- I love the cheesy topping!

  19. Beth
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 07:39:05

    These look unforgettable, and when I saw that it was an Ina recipe, I was hooked. She’s the best!

  20. foodfashionandflow
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:07:11

    These look like great comfort food. I bet they are great with a warm bowl of soup.

  21. claire
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:30:37

    I have never tried croque monsieurs but i have a sneaking suspicion i would LOVEEE them!

  22. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:51:46

    Oh yum to infinity. I love the mayo on the bread trick, even though I like mustard too. The food in It’s Complicated was amazing.

  23. Linda
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:44:45

    Just minutes before lunch and I’m now totally craving this! Looks so tempting! I too loved her in those movies and it seems any movie involving cooking grabs my attention!

  24. Ameena
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:02:36

    You had me intrigued…until you said the word “mayo.” I fear mayo! But I do love mustard so maybe I’ll try to make this using the original recipe?

  25. Mary
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 12:05:30

    It’s Complicated has me in hysteric’s every time I watch it and I’ve watched it about 20 times by now! Love Croque M – cheese, ham and bread – how could that go wrong? YUM
    Mary x

  26. Caroline
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 14:06:40

    Oh boy, these look beyond amazing. I can’t take my eyes off of that gooey cheese. I love Julie & Julia, and It’s Complicated is such a classic. I actually just watched it last week, ha!

  27. Liz
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 14:11:14

    Oh, how yummy! I first ate these sandwiches on my honeymoon…and love them dearly still. And what a fun gift package from your sister πŸ™‚

  28. ambrosiana
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 14:20:11

    My mouth is watering and I cannot believe you are in the mid 60’s in Chicago!!! I love melted cheese with bread and what better recipe than Croque Monsieur to present it!

  29. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 15:14:48

    I am the SAME WAY with “cooking” movies. Love both those movies you mentioned. I am also a sucker for “cooking” storylines in novels as well where the main character owns a cute little bakery or cafe or is a chef somewhere. I guess because the characters are living my dream and at least I can experience it through them. Totally guilty sandwiches. That’s all i can say.

  30. kankana
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 17:16:00

    I am like you πŸ™‚ I too like actors cooking in the screen and food based movie is in my top list all the time πŸ™‚ This recipe is making me jump .. the cheese oozing out is looking so yummm!

  31. Peggy
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 18:17:52

    This definitely has comfort food written all over it =)

  32. Jessica
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 18:44:02

    A good instance of actors/actresses that look like they cook well is in Simply Irresistible where Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character bakes those eclairs. You could bake some of those!

  33. Simply Life
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 19:32:12

    oooh these look so gooey and delicious!

  34. Ryan
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 20:14:07

    Oh yum, these look soo cheesy and delicious– I wish I had one now. Meryl Streep makes me hungry in a lot of her movies, she really has a knack for it. I agree with you on both Julie and Julia and Its Complicated, they have me running for the fridge– another one of hers is Heartburn. When she makes that big pan of Spaghetti Carbonara, I’m always starving for pasta!

  35. Betty
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 20:21:18

    OOhhh…cheesy deliciousness! That looks really good. πŸ™‚

  36. Cakelaw
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 20:51:51

    Yum! I could so eat one of those now – it’s lunchtime! Although I have Dorie’s creamy, garlicky, rice with spinach for lunch – also v goood …

  37. Elaine
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 21:31:53

    These look like the perfect comfort meal! I’m going to check out Ina’s recipe.

  38. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 22:31:52

    LOL, I love Cameron and Meryl in both characters, especially when she made those croissants at night with Steve Martin in ‘It’s Complicated’. Makes me want to open up a midnight bakery… These cheesy sandwiches are drooly, can’t have too much cheese on anything!

  39. sara
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 03:09:17

    Oooooooooooh I so want one of those sandwiches for a late night snack right now!!!!!!!! It looks super delish. πŸ™‚

  40. oneexpatslife
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 03:46:20

    Those look amazing! I just copied this recipe to try later.

    And I love Meryl Streep too, she was just perfect in Julie & Julia.

  41. Annabelle
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 07:21:38

    I really loved the movie Julie and Julia it made me want to cook more. Those sandwiches look absolutely amazing btw! πŸ˜€

  42. Tiffany
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 07:25:34

    This looks really good! This actually something my daughter will eat!!

  43. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 07:27:34

    This looks like the best sandwich I have ever seen and I am not just saying that. Seriously, amazing and I know my husband would just have a field day with it. He loves his sandwiches! Thanks for an awesome recipe. I am so excited about this one

  44. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 21:33:04

    Oh yum! That is all.

  45. Stefanie
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 20:39:47

    Those look amazing! Just add a fried egg on top and make it a Croque Madame, and I’m in heaven! I keep meaning to make these, so I’ll have to try this!

  46. gnashingrefined
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 15:03:31

    This looks comforting and delightful!

  47. Yuri
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 19:25:10

    I’ve never made croque monsieurs before. Yours look delicious!

  48. erica
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 07:24:28

    Wow this looks absolutely amazing. I would have never thought about doing anything like this before.


  49. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 19:07:55

    I made these (even Ina Garten’s version) after seeing “It’s Complicated” Everyone loved them but I decided it was too much work to be an everyday sandwich. But it does seem like a good fall dish so perhaps I will do it again…

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