Ludobites Black Croque-Monsieur Recipe

The other night I found the menu from week two of Ludobites 1.0 at Breadbar.

September 2007

Walking distance from my house. Reservations made directly with Krissy.

Back then Max, Margaux and I had a little website called Just One Plate (may it rest in peace).

We featured one of Ludo’s famous dishes and its recipe. I thought I would include it here for old time’s sake:

Serving size – 4 people


4 slices of foie gras terrine (1/2 inch thick)
4 slices thin slices of Serrano ham
4 slices – Idiazabal cheese (thinly sliced) (smoked sheep cheese from Basque)
4 slices – Etorki cheese (thinly sliced) (sheep milk cheese from Basque)
12 slices – grilled zucchini (sliced length-wise and thin)
4 teaspoons – clarified butter
8 slices squid ink Pain de mie (Breadbar)
1 gold leaf (optional)

Melt clarified butter and brush one side of each slice of bread. Take one slice of bread (brushed side down) and place one slice of Etorki cheese, three slices of zucchini, (placed side by side) one slice serano ham, and one slice Idiazabar cheese layered respectively on top of slice. Top with second slice of bread, brushed side up. Repeat to make additional sandwiches.

Brush a non-stick pan with remaining clarified butter. Cook each side of sandwich for approximately 3 minutes on medium heat. Place gold leaf on top of sandwich (optional) Repeat for each sandwich. Slice and serve.

Ah, the good old days…


3 Responses to “Ludobites Black Croque-Monsieur Recipe”

  1. Diana Says:

    I remember Just One Plate — and I remember being appalled at just how “rich” the recipe for Square One’s French toast is!

    What a cool find though. It’s hard to believe there was a day when Ludo Bites was under the radar.

  2. My Shimoda Says:

    bring back J.O.P.!

  3. kevinEats Says:

    Holy shit, Ludo had 46 items on his menu? I’d be interested in seeing a more detailed post on LudoBites v1.0, since it predates the rise of bloggers here in LA.

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