Croque monsieur (without the ham) has been a classic standby for toddler-bean Matthew for a loooong time now. He continues to refuse to touch anything foodwise that's green, so I'm always looking for more ways to get his beloved orange/yellow veggies into him (I do give him veggie/fruit juice, which has all kinds of hidden green stuff covered up by the bright purple of the blueberry and raspberry).
My mom used to make carrot-cheese melts for us (oh so yummy!), so I decided to cross-pollenate her grilled sandwich with Matthew's croque toddler and see what would happen.
It's gorgeous, and I'm going to have to make extra next time for the croque daddy who couldn't keep his jaws off the stuff.
If you've got a toddler running around or you just want a lovely little snacky all for yourself, here's what you do:
Grate some cheese (I use Scottish "cheddar" from Costco) and some carrots and mix them with enough mayo to make it all meld together. Spread it between two slices of bread. Warm up some butter in a frying pan, and beat an egg with a little bit of milk in a bowl. Soak the sandwich on both sides in the egg mixture and then fry it up! I like to put the lid on the pan so it helps the cheese melt faster.
And there you have it. Make it. Dig in. Dig it.