LE BERNADIN’S SALMON-CAVIAR CROQUE-MONSIEUR
Put the bread on a work surface. Cover two of the slices with cheese in a single layer. Spread a layer of caviar on the cheese, not quite to the edges. Cover with a slice of smoked salmon, trimmed to fit exactly to the edge of the bread. Top each sandwich with the remaining bread slices.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lay the sandwiches in the skillet and cook, pressing down gently with a spatula, taking care that none of the caviar oozes out, until browned on one side. Add the remaining butter, turn the sandwiches over and fry on the second side until toasted. Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board, slice each in quarters and serve.
4 slices fine-textured brioche or white bread, crusts removed
About 1 1/2 ounces Swiss Gruyère cheese, sliced paper thin
1 ounce fresh or pasteurized sturgeon caviar
2 to 4 slices smoked Atlantic ++or Norwegian salmon
2 tablespoons clarified butter