When Kelly and I were younger we made many trips to the mall with our Mom. We would always go to the Vie De France counter for lunch and get hot croissants. It was our tradition. We would usually get the turkey and cheese croissants but I also remember having ham and cheese and also broccoli and cheese. Turkey and cheese was my favorite though. Occasionally, they would be sold out and it was always a huge disappointment for us. It was even more disappointing when Vie De France closed its Woodfield Mall location. Seriously depressing. I have not had a Vie De France croissant in at least 10 years. But we always remember them fondly.
A couple weeks ago it popped into my head to create our own turkey and cheese croissants. We considered making our own croissants but decided to take the easy way out and buy store bought ones. We knew it would be important to get the right croissants though. First, I tried a French restaurant near my work that I knew had croissants. Unfortunately, they only have them on Sundays. Then I tried Panera. They only had chocolate croissants. I was almost ready to give up when I decided to try The Fresh Market. They had the most perfect croissants. They were nice and big and they were soft and fluffy yet flaky. This is a very simple recipe so it is important to get a good croissant. If the croissant is dry or hard it just won’t work. The croissant really makes the sandwich. Kelly and I LOVED these sandwiches. They were just as good as we remembered and super easy to make. Cliff wasn’t as impressed as we were. He thought they needed some kind of sauce. But he had never experienced the Vie De France croissants we loved so much. They really were perfect just as they were. If you are looking for an easy but delicious sandwich I highly recommend these.
4 fresh croissants
¼ lb of Swiss cheese
½ lb of sliced turkey from the deli- you could use fresh but it must be sliced very thinly
Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the round part of the croissant so that it flips open but is still connected at the tips. (see picture) Layer the cheese, then meat, the cheese again onto the croissant. Close the croissant and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted and croissant is warm. Place the croissants on a low rack; not the top rack of the oven. The ingredients above are approximate. It all depends on how large your croissants are.
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