Egg and Ham Sandwich with Green Sauce / Egg og Skinke Smørbrød med Grønn Saus

A delicate sandwich found in “Varme Småretter”
(Small Hot Dishes) published by Gyldendal in 1991

Egg and Ham Sandwich with Green Sauce / Egg og Skinke Smørbrød med Grønn Saus

This dish can be served as light lunch or a small evening meal. You may want to toast the white bread slices in your  toaster instead of frying them in butter in the frying pan.

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Hot Chicken Sandwich / Varmt Kyllingsmørbrød

A lunch or evening meal recipe found in
“Fjærfe på Menyen” (Poultry on the Menu)
published by Den Norske Bokklubben i 1984

Hot Chicken Sandwich / Varmt Kyllingsmørbrød

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Flavourful Hash / Smakfull Pytt-i-Panne

A lunch recipe found in “Cooking for a Man”
published by Heublein in 1953

Flavourful Hash / Smakfull Pytt-i-Panne

The third recipe from the fifties for the day, moving from breakfast to lunch now. This recipe can be baked in the oven or fried as patties and served as open-face sandwiches on toast.

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Patties on Farmhouse Bread / Karbonader på Landbrød

A breafast/lunch recipe found on gilde.no
Patties on Farmhouse Bread / Karbonader på Landbrød

Patties on farmhouse bread with mozzarella, red onion,
tomato, basil, pesto and fried eggs.

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Pan-Fried Shrimp Royal / Pannestekt Shrimp Royal

A seafood recipe found in “The Skillet Cook Book”
published by Wesson Oil & Snowdrift Sales Co in 1958

Pan-Fried Shrimp Royal / Pannestekt Shrimp Royal

Pretty pink shrimp are tempting and pretty in this quick dish.

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Tomato-Cheese Toast / Tomat- og Ostetoast

A snack recipe found in “New Fashion Plates for Your Menu”
published by Planters Edible Oil Co in 1932
Tomato-Cheese Toast / Tomat- og Ostetoast

Cheese sandwiches is a snack dish that never seems to go out of style.
I’ve found recipes for such from every decade through out the last
century and both decades in this. Cheese sandwiches really
deserves to be called a classic – Ted

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Spicy Beans on Toast / Krydrede Bønner på Toast

A vegetarian lunch / snack recipe found in “Sundt og Godt”
(Healthy and Delicious) published by Det Beste in 1988
Spicy Beans on Toast / Krydrede Bønner på Toast

Mild, mashed beans get a spicy and  hot flavour in this fiber-rich stew, served on toasted white bread with cooling tomato slices.

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A Short History of Le Croque Monsieur

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The French name Croque Monsieur translates to  “Crisp Mister” and is basically a cooked cheese and ham sandwich, traditionally made with gruyere cheese and thinly sliced ham.  The name is sometimes shortened to just Croque.

The First Croque Monsieur

croque monsieur_02The first Croque Monsieur was simply a hot ham and cheese sandwich which was fried in butter – one step further than what some believe was the original which was accidentally created when French workers left the tins containing their lunches of  sandwiches on  hot radiators  whilst they worked. By the time they came to eat them, the heat of the radiators had melted the cheese.

croque monsieur_03It’s not known who had the idea of embellishing the recipe by frying the sandwich until crisp and golden,  however they first  appeared on menus in Parisian cafés in 1910, and the earliest written reference is thought to have been by the novelist Proust in his 1918 work titled  À la recherche du temps perdu  (In search of lost time).

Today’s Croque Monsieur

Over the years, further changes were made to the basic recipe, in particular the addition of mustard and a béchamel sauce. Whilst this complicated an otherwise simple recipe, versions made this way are sumptuous and relatively filling  and well worth the extra attention. 

Then came the variations including:
The addition of a fried egg served on top – a Croque Madame
The addition of tomatoes – a Croque Provençal
The substitution of  blue cheese for Gruyere – a Croque Auvergnat
The substitution of smoked salmon for the ham – a Croque Norvégien

Simpel Croque Monsieur Recipes

A simple version would be to make a cheese and ham sandwich in the usual way, then fry in butter until crisp and golden on both sides. Alternatively, spread the outside on your sandwich with plenty of butter and cook under a very hot grill until well browned on both sides.

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Beef, Onion and Horseradish Cheddar Panini / Roastbiff, Løk og Pepperrotcheddar Panini

A delicious grilled sandwich recipe found in a booklet
published by American Dairy Association in 2004
Beef, Onion and Horseradish Cheddar Panini / Roastbiff, Løk og Pepperrotcheddar Panini

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Text from the booklet: Americans have always had a Passion for European-inspired foods – foods that embody tradition, pure enjoyment and a topic of conversation. The latest infatuationto “heat up” the scene is hearty Italian-style sandwiches, called Panini.

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In Italy, the word Panino (a diminutive of pane or bread) means, “little bread” or “sandwich.” And as the name suggests, Panini are sandwiches with Romance. Made with fresh ingredients, distinctive wholesome breads and mouthwatering cheeses – Panini embrace all that is Old World.

Prepared with care and creativity, our Cheesy Panini recipes combine that old-world taste passed down for generations with new-world simplicity.

Because convenience is key, it’s no wonder more people are making sandwiches for dinner. In an American Dairy Association survey, more than 61 percent of today’s cooks said they make an everyday sandwich taste even better by heating it up and by adding bold-flavored ingredients, such as two or three different kinds of cheese.

Whether you use a new indoor grill, oven or stovetop preparation, making mouthwatering Panini at home is deceptively quick and simple.
All of our featured recipes include fresh, robust flavours on crusty breads with warm delicious cheese. And each takes 35 minutes or less to prepare – proving that big taste really does come in small packages!

Cornwall Toast / Cornwalltoast

A delicious toast recipe found in “Matglede Som Aldri Før”
(Joy of Food Like Never Before) published by
Skaninavisk Press as in 1977

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Gaeran To Su Tu – Korean Egg Toast / Koreansk Eggetoast

A nice Asian street dish found on sbs.com.au
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traditional badge ethnic speciality_flatEgg toasts are sold by street stall vendors in Korea to cater for those in a hurry. Koreans usually have a hot breakfast of rice, soup, kimchi and side dishes. These pan fried white bread toasted egg sandwiches are a fusion of Asian flavours and Western influences. The addition of cabbages lends a lovely crunch to the soft egg omelette.

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The Ladies’ Delight / Damernas Förtjusning

A hot sandwich recipe from “Stora Boken om Smörgåsar og Smörgåstårtor” (The Big Book on Sandwiches and Sandwichcakes) published by ICA förlag in 1985damernas förtjusning_post

traditional badge snack_flatThis is a Swedish hot sandwich that seems to be particularly popular among the ladies. Why I don’t know, I have never been on friendly terms with a Swedish lady long enough to find out. If there are any Swedish ladies out there, please help us and reveal this mysetry – Ted 😉

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Paris Sandwiches / Parisersmörgåsar

A classic Scandinavian hot sandwich recipe found in
“Stora Boken om Smörgåssr och Smörgåstårtor”
(The Big Book on Sandwiches and Sandwichcakes)
published by ICA Bokförlag in 1984

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You’ll find variations of the recipe for this sandwich all over Scandinavia. In my mind this is one of the very best of them – Ted

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Toast with Shrimp Stew / Toast med Rejestuvning

A recipe from the Danish “Småretter og Salater” (Snacks and Salads) in the “MENU Inrernational Madlexicon” series published by Lademann in 1975
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traditional badge danish_flatThe Danes are great with open face sandwiches whether they are cold or hot. This sandwich is a good example of what you can have with cup of tea or a cold bottle of beer at a Danish  café or inn – Ted

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Cheese Sandwich with Apples and Bacon / Ostesmørbrød med Epler og Bacon

A nice snack from “Lettvint For Små Familier”
(Easy For Small Families) published by
Hjemmets Bokklubb in 1979

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traditional badge snack_flatI’m a real sucker for cheese sandwiches. I must admit that I prefer the double version, but in all honeestly, this open faced one looks good enough to eat – Ted

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