Croque-Monsieur

Croque-Monsieur

My husband and I are big sandwich people, especially when cheese is involved! We love having grilled cheese and soup for dinner this time of year. Although it is starting to get really warm here in AZ, we like to pretend it’s cold inside.

I had my first Croque-Monsieur about a year ago at a cafe for lunch one day and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to discover this amazing sandwich. A Croque-Monsieur is a French grilled cheese sandwich made with ham and Gruyere cheese, but my favorite part? The Béchamel sauce on top! It makes the sandwich so creamy! This is a sandwich that you can make for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Serve it next to a light salad or a bowl of soup and call it a day! It’s easy to make, but it looks so much fancier than your typical grilled cheese.


Croque-Monsieur

Serves 4

Croque-Monsieur

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups hot milk
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves, chopped and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 pound deli ham
  • 8 sliced rustic bread (I used Italian)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, add the butter and heat over medium. As the butter melts, pour in the hot milk and whisk until thickened. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of thyme and the salt and pepper. Let sauce simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of the Gruyere until melted. Set aside.
  3. Lay out the bread slices on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven, a few minutes each side, until lightly toasted. Switch oven to broil.
  4. Spread some mustard on 4 of the slices. Layer the ham on top and then divide 1 cup of the Gruyere amongst the four sandwiches. Add a slice of the toasted bread on top of each sandwich. Slater some of the bechamel on top of each sandwich and sprinkle the remaining Gruyere. Stick under the broiler for a 3-5 minutes until melted and bubbly, watching carefully to avoid burning. Slice and serve!
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Croque-Monsieur

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Stephanie Day is the author of the food blog, Eat. Drink. Love. By day, Stephanie is a developmental psychologist who specializes in educational research. However, Stephanie has always had a passion for cooking ever since she was a little girl and started her blog as a way to expand her cooking skills and to share simple and healthy recipes with her readers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, drinking wine, and photography.

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