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!