Who doesn't love grilled cheese? As the work-week gets underway, take time out to brighten up Tuesdays with a special treat from Executive Chef/Partner Robert Sisca at Boston's Bistro du Midi - the Croque Monsieur, served as several varieties of the French classic.
The classic French version of grilled cheese will be offered each Tuesday with variations such as vegetarian and even a Skinny Croque for $5. Wine and cocktail pairings from Beverage Director Todd Lipman will also be available.
Chef Sisca uses the classic Gruyere for the cheese in two forms, he says. "First, we make a Mornay Sauce, a classic sauce made from a Bechamel. Then the sauce is cooled. We spread it onto Pan De Mie bread with smoked ham and slices of Gruyere inside."
For the "skinny" croque, he includes vegetables with Pistou, a classic Provencal condiment made with garlic cloves, fresh basil and olive oil.
The sandwich, whose name means 'crisp mister,' is believed to date to 1910 when it was first served in a Paris café on the Boulevard des Capucines as a grilled snack.
The sandwich has a 'female' version, the Croque Madame, which comes topped with a fried egg.
Croque Tuesdays will take place in the downstairs bar and café at Bistro du Midi, 272 Boylston St. at Heritage on the Garden, so join the fun, raising a glass with "Vive la France" from now through March.