5 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 Tbs. flour
1 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 c. grated Gruyere cheese
4 slices of brioche or any other high quality bread
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 oz. best-quality deli ham, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
Ground pepper to taste
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Preheat broiler with the rack in the top position. In small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over high heat. Whisk in flour and cook until lightly golden. Add milk and salt and whisk constantly until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir into the sauce the nutmeg and half the cheese. Lay the slices of bread on a baking sheet. Divide the Dijon between 2 slices and top with ham. Divide half of the bechamel between the remaining 2 bread slices and top with remaining cheese. Close the sandwiches. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sandwiches and cook both sides until bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes. Return sandwiches to the baking sheet, top with remaining bechamel, and place under the broiler until bubbly, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in the same skillet over high heat. Fry eggs, sunny side up, for about 2 minutes. Top sandwiches with fried egg, season with black pepper and serve immediately.
Aixois French Restaurant
251 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64113 • 816-333-3305
Axois is nestled on the corner of 55th Street and Brookside Boulevard along the picturesque Trolley Trail. Named for chef/owner Emmanuel Langlade, Aixois means “a man from the city of Aix-en- Provence.” The restaurant is modeled after bistros in Langlade’s native France and offers terrific food in a relaxed atmosphere that includes a full bar. The authentic French country-style cuisine ranges from crepes, quiche and fresh salads at lunch to frog legs, escargot, steak and fresh fish dishes at dinner, along with daily specials and delicious desserts. Emmanuel takes great pride in serving the freshest, simplest food, using many local farmers to supply his produce, fish and meat. The full service coffee bar serves espresso from the Broadway Café and fresh pastries every morning. Aixois is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have your coffee and pastry in the morning, a business meeting at lunch or a romantic dinner on the beautiful patio! There also is a private dining room available for parties. Reservations accepted.
Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sun., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Serving full breakfast everyday and brunch on Sunday.
COFFEE BAR HOURS: Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-7p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.