Croque Monsieur Visual of a cow
serves 4
  • Prep Time
    10 minutes
  • Additional Time
    8-10 minutes
  • Total Time
    18-20 minutes
  • 2 tbsp. of unsalted French butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) whole milk
  • 1 ¼ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices (white) bread
  • About 4 slices of ham
  • 6 tbsp. shredded gruyere cheese
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Croque Monsieur

A delicate and scrumptious sauce is used to make the most amazing ham and cheese sandwich you’ve ever tasted: creamy, cheesy and knock-you-off-your-dining-chair AMAZING Croque Monsieur.

Credit Manuela Mazzocco @cookwithmanuela

STEP 1: prepare béchamel sauce

Preheat the oven to 425ºF (215ºC). In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. As soon as it melts, add the flour and whisk continuously. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add the milk just a bit at a time while whisking continuously, until smooth. Cook for a couple of more minutes or until it reaches the desired thickness. Add a bit more milk if needed. Season with mustard, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Whisk and keep warm.

STEP 2: dress the bread slices

Place the bread slices on a baking sheet. Spread a layer of béchamel sauce on all four slices, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle all four with a tablespoon of shredded gruyere cheese. Top two of the slices with one or two slices of ham each.

Close the two sandwiches with the slice of bread (béchamel/cheese inside the sandwich). Spread more of the béchamel sauce on top of the sandwiches and top with more cheese.

STEP 3: bake

Bake in the upper part of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is golden and bubbly.

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