Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 ½ cup milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp dijon mustard
dash of ground nutmeg
8 slices of bread thickly sliced
8 slices thick NZ ham
2½ cups Gruyere cheese grated
Preheat oven to 220° C
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes.
Gradually add milk, stirring well until the mixture is smooth. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened.
Season with a little bit of salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and stir in mustard, nutmeg and a third of the grated cheese.
Place 4 slices of bread on a baking tray.
Use half of the béchamel sauce to spread on 4 slices of bread, all the way to the edges.
Top each with a ham, and a handful of grated cheese.
Place remaining slices of bread on top, and top with béchamel sauce and the remaining grated cheese. .
Bake at 220° C for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Change the oven to grill and grill until the cheese on top is golden, 2-4 minutes.