Best 20 Croque Monsieur Recipes

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The croque monsieur is a classic French sandwich made with ham and cheese. It is typically served hot, with a melted cheese sauce. The croque madame is a variation that also includes a fried egg. The croque monsieur is a popular choice for lunch or dinner, and it can be made with a variety of different breads and cheeses. In this article, we will explore some of the best recipes for cooking a croque monsieur, so you can enjoy this classic dish in the comfort of your own home.

Here are our top 20 tried and tested recipes!

CROQUE MONSIEUR



Croque Monsieur image

Provided by Ina Garten

Categories     main-dish

Time 30m

Yield 4 to 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter?flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.
  • To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
  • Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.

CROQUE-MONSIEUR



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Easily adaptable into a Monte Cristo by just adding chicken, this wonderful battered then fried sandwich makes a great lunch with a tossed salad.

Provided by Sneakyteaky

Categories     100+ Breakfast and Brunch Recipes     Eggs     Breakfast Sandwich Recipes

Time 20m

Yield 3

Number Of Ingredients 12

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
6 slices white bread
6 slices Swiss cheese
12 slices thinly sliced deli ham
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Steps:

  • Use 2 tablespoons of the butter to spread over one side of each slice of bread. On three of the slices, spread a layer of Dijon mustard over the butter, and top each with 4 slices of ham. On the other three, spread mayonnaise, and top each one with 2 slices of Swiss cheese. Press ham and cheese sides of sandwiches together.
  • In a flat bottomed dish, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, and water until blended. Set aside.
  • Heat remaining butter and vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture, and fry in the oil and butter until browned, flipping to brown on each side.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 960.5 calories, Carbohydrate 38.1 g, Cholesterol 283.9 mg, Fat 69 g, Fiber 1.5 g, Protein 45.6 g, SaturatedFat 30.5 g, Sodium 2492.3 mg, Sugar 3.3 g

CLASSIC CROQUE MONSIEUR



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Think of this classic French bistro sandwich as a ham and cheese sandwich, sent over the top with a Bechamel sauce. Rich, cheesy, and warm, you might just need a knife and fork! I like to make the Bechamel first, and have all the cheese grated, so the assembly goes quickly. Garnish with cornichons, if you like, and serve with a vegetable salad or simple soup.

Provided by Bibi

Time 45m

Yield 4

Number Of Ingredients 12

1 ½ cups milk
½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 slices rustic bread
8 slices deli ham
2 ½ cups grated Gruyere cheese, divided
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine milk and cream in a microwave-safe container and microwave on high power, about 90 seconds. The liquid should be warm to the touch.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and keep stirring until all the flour is coated in butter, and the flour and butter begin to bubble, about 2 minutes. Gradually stir in warmed milk and cream and cook until sauce begins to thicken, stirring constantly. Continue stirring, until the sauce is thick and bubbly, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat and brown 4 pieces of bread on 1 side, about 4 minutes. Place browned bread on the prepared baking sheet, browned side down.
  • Spread each piece of bread with Bechamel sauce, from edge to edge. Place two slices of deli ham on the Bechamel and top with 1/2 cup of grated Gruyere cheese. Place remaining bread slices on top of each sandwich and spread the top with Bechamel, from edge to edge. Sprinkle the top of each sandwich with 2 tablespoons grated Gruyere cheese and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Turn on the oven's broiler.
  • Move baking sheet about 6 inches from the heat source and broil sandwiches until the top is bubbly and brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully, to avoid scorching the parchment paper and burning the cheese. Allow the sandwiches to cool slightly, cut in half, and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 878.9 calories, Carbohydrate 38.7 g, Cholesterol 193.4 mg, Fat 60.6 g, Fiber 1.4 g, Protein 44.7 g, SaturatedFat 33.9 g, Sodium 1616.1 mg, Sugar 6 g

THE CLASSIC FRENCH BISTRO SANDWICH - CROQUE MONSIEUR



The Classic French Bistro Sandwich - Croque Monsieur image

My two versions of this classic French café/bistro sandwich - oven baked for large quantities and ease.......or, the traditional frying pan/skillet method! You can always rely upon the French to add a certain "je ne sais quoi" to even the simplest food ...including the humble cheese and ham sandwich. The croque-monsieur (which becomes a croque-madame if you top it with a fried egg) is a great favourite in French cafés & bistros, and there are as many methods of crafting it as there are cafés! This one works for me. But, please be warned ... it's not for calorie-counters, the Cholesterol Police or those of a nervous disposition!!

Provided by French Tart

Categories     Lunch/Snacks

Time 20m

Yield 4 Croque Monsieur, 4 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 8

8 slices white bread
4 ounces butter, softened
4 slices ham
4 slices gruyere cheese
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
salt
fresh ground black pepper

Steps:

  • Spread the bread with some of the softened butter, make 4 sandwiches, each with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese. Press them firmly together.
  • Beat the eggs with the water, add the salt and pepper to taste, and dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, coating all sides well.
  • Heat the rest of the butter in a heavy- bottomed frying pan/skillet, when it has melted and is very hot - but not brown, fry the sandwiches for about 5 - 8 minutes, turning once.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you prefer, although it is not traditional, you may place the croque-monsieur into a very well-buttered baking pan and bake in a moderately hot oven - 175°C/350°F - turning once, for about 10 to 15 minutes. It is easier to prepare a larger number this way and keep them warm until you are ready to serve them.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 487.7, Fat 36.1, SaturatedFat 21, Cholesterol 184.8, Sodium 587.6, Carbohydrate 25.6, Fiber 1.2, Sugar 2.4, Protein 15.6

CROQUE-MONSIEUR



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While French restaurant and country cooking have been thoroughly examined by American home cooks, somewhere between the two styles lies a branch of cuisine that has been almost entirely missed: France's bar and cafe food. This is the realm of snacks like tartines and rillettes, salads and savory tarts, and one of most delicious of all: the croque-monsieur (literally translated as "crunch sir.") Good croque-monsieurs have a few things in common: a single layer of French ham and Gruyere pressed between two thin slices of bread. Some, like this one, are filled and topped with béchamel, which makes the whole thing creamier and better. The bread is brushed with butter, and the sandwich is cooked on a griddle or toasted under a broiler so that the cheese almost liquefies and the bits of ham and cheese hanging out the side fall limp and caramelize. It should be rich, substantial and salty, so you will reach for a glass of wine or beer between bites.

Provided by Amanda Hesser

Categories     dinner, lunch, quick, sandwiches, main course

Time 20m

Yield 2 sandwiches

Number Of Ingredients 8

5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
2/3 cup milk
Sea salt
Freshly grated nutmeg
4 1/3-inch-thick slices country bread (not sourdough or whole wheat)
4 thin slices French ham
2 thin slices Gruyere cheese

Steps:

  • Preheat a two-sided electric griddle on medium-high to high for about 20 minutes, or preheat the oven to 300 degrees and preheat a cast-iron skillet on top of the stove for about 5 minutes. Prepare a bechamel sauce: in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. When bubbles have subsided, add flour and whisk vigorously for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil, and cook until thick. Remove from heat, and season to taste with salt and nutmeg.
  • Spread two slices of bread generously with sauce. Lay two slices of ham on top of each, and top each with a slice of cheese; ham and cheese should slightly overlap edges of bread. Top each with a slice of bread.
  • In a small saucepan, melt remaining the 4 tablespoons butter. Brush the sandwiches on both sides with butter, making sure that the edges are well covered. If you're using a griddle, place cheese side down, close the griddle and cook until the bread is toasted dark and cheese is leaking out and bubbling. If you're using a skillet, place sandwiches cheese side down and cook on stove top until well browned, then turn and brown again. Transfer skillet to oven, and bake until heated through and cheese is bubbling. Serve hot.

CROQUE-MONSIEUR



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Offer a plum-tomato salad with the sandwiches. Round out the meal with sliced strawberries drizzled with crème de cassis.

Categories     Sandwich     Broil     Lunch     Ham     Swiss Cheese     Bon Appétit     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free

Yield Makes 2 servings; can be doubled

Number Of Ingredients 11

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 bay leaf
4 slices firm white sandwich bread
4 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest ham
4 ounces sliced Gruyère cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

Steps:

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Add nutmeg and bay leaf. Increase heat to medium-high and boil until sauce thickens, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat broiler. Place 2 bread slices on work surface. Top each with half of ham and sliced Gruyère. Top with remaining bread. Heat heavy large skillet over low heat. Brush sandwiches with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Add to skillet and cook until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to small baking sheet. Spoon sauce, then grated cheese over sandwiches. Broil until cheese begins to brown, about 2 minutes.

BAKED CROQUE MONSIEUR



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Croque Monsieur, a Continental cross between French toast and grilled ham-and cheese, feeds a crowd when you bake it casserole style, in the oven. This recipe comes from the " Bakers' Catalogue" - King Arthur Flour.

Provided by Chef Glaucia

Categories     Lunch/Snacks

Time 1h18m

Yield 10 , 10 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 11

16 slices white bread
3/4 lb cheddar cheese, sliced
3/4 lb ham, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon herbs, of your choice
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Steps:

  • Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  • Remove the crust from the bread, if you wish. Place them into the greased baking dish, cutting slices in half, as necessary, to completely cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Top with half of the cheese, the ham, sliced onion, and the remaining cheese; and the remaining bread.
  • Press the sandwiches together.
  • Beat the eggs, milk and seasoning together. Pour slowly over the bread.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  • About 1 hour before serving, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Mix the breadcrumbs with the melted butter and grated cheese. Sprinkle over the sandwiches.
  • Bake for 42 to 48 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the eggs set.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

CROQUE MONSIEUR



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The croque monsieur-literally "mister crunch"-is at the elegant end of the grilled cheese spectrum. First served in 1910 at a Paris cafe, this ham sandwich with rich bechamel sauce is topped with cheese and then grilled under the broiler.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Ingredients     Meat & Poultry     Pork Recipes

Yield Makes 4 sandwiches

Number Of Ingredients 11

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for spreading, room temperature
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
8 slices rustic French or firm white sandwich bread
1/4 cup Dijon or whole-grain mustard
1/2 pound cooked ham, thinly sliced
1/3 pound Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced, plus 1 cup freshly grated (about 2 ounces)

Steps:

  • Make bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until just starting to bubble. Add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth but not browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Whisking constantly, slowly add milk; continue cooking while whisking until mixture has thickened, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat, and add salt, nutmeg, cayenne, and black pepper. Transfer to a bowl; place plastic wrap directly on surface of sauce, and set aside.
  • Heat broiler. Heat a griddle or large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Smear one side of bread slices with mustard. Top 4 slices with a layer each of ham and cheese; cover with remaining 4 bread slices, pressing gently to adhere. Generously butter outer sides, spreading it all the way to the edges.
  • Place sandwiches on griddle or in skillet. Cook until golden brown and cheese has melted, 3 to 4 minutes a side. Transfer to work surface; divide bechamel sauce evenly over tops, spreading to edges; sprinkle with grated cheese.
  • Transfer to broiler, and cook until topping is melted and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

DECADENT CROQUE MONSIEUR



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This is a pretty amazing recipe for croque monsieur. I wouldn't say it's nowhere near healthy but wow, it sure is good. I got this from a friend who is friends with a rather famous chef-it's his recipe. I'm just passing it along to the masses. Enjoy!

Provided by wbolesnyc

Time 35m

Yield 4

Number Of Ingredients 8

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
8 (1/2 inch thick) slices high quality French sandwich bread
12 ounces thinly sliced jambon de Paris (high-quality, wet-cured ham)
10 cups coarsely shredded Gruyere cheese

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour until blended but not colored, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  • Assemble sandwiches: Place all 8 bread slices on a work surface in a single layer. Spread each slice evenly to the edges with Bechamel sauce; all the sauce may not be needed. Divide ham evenly between 4 of the bread slices, trimming if necessary so it is within 1/2 inch from the edges. Top all 8 slices with equal amounts of Gruyere cheese, spreading it evenly to within 1/4 inch of the edges.
  • Lift the 4 bread slices with sauce and cheese and keeping the cheese facing up, place on top of the slices layered with ham. Transfer sandwiches to the prepared sheet pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese topping is melted and golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 1682.2 calories, Carbohydrate 43.6 g, Cholesterol 385.2 mg, Fat 118.5 g, Fiber 1.5 g, Protein 108.7 g, SaturatedFat 65.8 g, Sodium 2385.3 mg, Sugar 10.6 g

CROQUE MONSIEUR BAKE (NIGELLA LAWSON)



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Make and share this Croque Monsieur Bake (Nigella Lawson) recipe from Food.com.

Provided by ratherbeswimmin

Categories     Breakfast

Time 55m

Yield 4-6 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 9

6 slices multigrain brown bread
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
4 ounces gruyere cheese, sliced
3 ounces ham, sliced
6 eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons cheddar cheese or 4 tablespoons emmenthaler cheese
Worcestershire sauce, a good sprinkling

Steps:

  • Spread the mustard on the bread slices and make sandwiches with the fine slices of cheese and ham; place each slice of cheese against the mustardy bread, and the ham between them.
  • Make the sandwich and cut each one in half, making two triangles.
  • Squish the sandwiches into a baking dish, approx 10 ½ inches x 8 ¼ inches and 2 ¼ inches deep.
  • Beat the eggs, salt, and milk together; then pour over the sandwiches tightly packed into the dish.
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, preheat oven to 400°; take the dish out of the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap.
  • Sprinkle over the grated cheese and Worcestershire sauce; bake for 25 minutes.

CROQUE-MONSIEUR BREAKFAST CASSEROLE



Croque-Monsieur Breakfast Casserole image

This French classic needs little introduction, but if you haven't had it in baked form, you're in for a treat. Think upscale ham sandwiches drenched in egg custard and cheese, melted to a deep golden-brown. There are no tricks here, save for the addition of two extra yolks for maximum French-toast tenderness. Serve it warm, or at room temperature - a fitting breakfast feast that's welcome any time of the day.

Provided by Sarah Copeland

Categories     breakfast, brunch, easy, casseroles, main course

Time 1h

Yield 6 to 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 12

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
1 (10- to 12-ounce) day-old or stale baguette, sliced 1/2 inches thick
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6 ounces French-style or thin-sliced deli ham
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups half-and-half or heavy cream
4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
Freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese (packed 1/4 cup)
Parsley, leaves torn, mustard, and cornichons, for serving (optional)

Steps:

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees and generously butter a 9-by-13-inch (or 1 1/2- to 2-quart) baking pan. Butter the slices of bread on one side and spread a thin layer of mustard on the other side. Arrange, shingled, over the bottom of the pan, buttered side up; you may not need all the bread. Drape evenly with ham.
  • Whisk together milk, half-and-half, egg, egg yolks and pepper. Pour evenly over the bread and ham. Sprinkle with Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses, allowing the ham to peek out in places. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (for the bread to sop up the milk) or up to overnight. Bake until the custard is set, and the bread and cheese are golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to set 20 minutes before scattering evenly with parsley. Scoop and serve warm or at room temperature, with mustard and cornichons.

Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 400, UnsaturatedFat 9 grams, Carbohydrate 26 grams, Fat 24 grams, Fiber 2 grams, Protein 20 grams, SaturatedFat 13 grams, Sodium 761 milligrams, Sugar 6 grams, TransFat 0 grams

RUSTIC CROQUE MONSIEUR



Rustic Croque Monsieur image

Parmesan cheese helps gives this French sandwich its salty flavor.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Ingredients     Meat & Poultry     Pork Recipes

Time 35m

Yield Makes 4

Number Of Ingredients 8

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for bread
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese, plus 8 slices
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 thick slices rustic bread
12 slices ham
Dijon mustard, for bread

Steps:

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Add milk; bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking frequently, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add grated cheeses. Whisk until melted and smooth.
  • Butter bread. Arrange half the slices, buttered side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Top each with 2 slices Gruyere and 3 slices ham. Spread mustard onto unbuttered sides of remaining bread. Place on top of ham, buttered side up.
  • Preheat broiler. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Cook each sandwich until golden brown and cheese melts, about 5 minutes per side. Return to baking sheet. Spoon 1/3 cup sauce over top of each sandwich. Broil until tops are bubbling and golden brown, about 3 minutes.

CROQUE MONSIEUR PIE



Croque Monsieur Pie image

Provided by Rachael Ray : Food Network

Categories     main-dish

Time 50m

Yield 4 to 6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 12

3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing
12 thin slices stale or fresh white bread, crusts trimmed (1/2- to 3/4-inch thick)
12 thin slices mild ham
2 round tablespoons flour
2 cups whole milk
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, plus more for serving
3 large eggs
8 ounces gruyere or Swiss cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
Finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
Mixed greens dressed with lemon juice and vinegar, for serving

Steps:

  • Grease a casserole dish and line with 6 slices of the bread. Top with half of the folded ham.
  • Melt the butter in skillet over medium heat, add the flour and whisk 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cups of the milk and some nutmeg, and then season with salt and pepper. Cook to thicken, the sauce should coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the mustard. Spoon half of the thickened bechamel evenly over the ham, top with the remaining 6 slices bread.
  • Whisk up the eggs and the remaining 1/2 cup milk, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the eggs evenly over the casserole dish and then add the remaining ham and bechamel.
  • Top with the gruyere, then cover and store for a make-ahead meal.
  • When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and bake the casserole from room temperature until golden and firm, 30 to 35 minutes. Cut the casserole into squares and serve garnished with finely chopped parsley and mixed greens dressed with lemon juice and vinegar. Pass additional mustard at the table.

THE ULTIMATE CROQUE MONSIEUR - BAKED FRENCH BISTRO SANDWICH



The Ultimate Croque Monsieur - Baked French Bistro Sandwich image

This is a superb ham and cheese French bistro sandwich slathered in a delightful Bechamel-Soubise cheese sauce that's spiked with pastis, and baked to golden perfection! For a "Croque Madame" variation, serve with a fried or poached egg on top (the egg resembles a ladies hat). Serve hot, garnished with a thyme sprig and a tart little Cornichon pickle on the side, and a drizzle of my violet mustard recipe #400926. Heavenly! Inspired by the Croque Monsieurs served at the famous Tartine's Bakery & Cafe located in San Francisco, California.

Provided by BecR2400

Categories     Lunch/Snacks

Time 40m

Yield 4 Croque Monsieur, 4 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 17

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons white onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup hot half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons pastis
8 ounces gruyere cheese, grated (divided use)
1/3 cup fromage blanc or 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
8 thick slices country French bread, crusts removed
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
6 ounces applewood-smoked ham, thinly sliced
fresh thyme sprig, for garnish
4 tart little french cornichons, for garnish

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 4oo degrees F.
  • To Make Bechamel Soubise Sauce --.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and sweat the garlic and onions over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the flour all at once, whisking with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Stir in the hot cream and cook, whisking constantly, for 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the salt. pepper, nutmeg, Pastis, 1/4 cup grated Gruyere, fromage blanc, and the Parmesan; set aside.
  • To toast the bread, place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, turn and bake for another 3 minutes, until toasted.
  • To Assemble the Sandwiches --.
  • Brush Dijon mustard evenly on one side of half the toasted bread slices. Add a slice of ham to each, sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another slice of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, and sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere.
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until cheese topping is nicely caramelized. (You want the outside to be crusty and golden brown, and the inside soft and pudding-like).
  • Serve hot, garnished with a thyme sprig and a tart little Cornichon pickle on the side. Variation: For a "Croque Madame", serve with a fried or poached egg on top (the egg resembles a ladies hat).

Nutrition Facts : Calories 853, Fat 38.1, SaturatedFat 21.4, Cholesterol 127.8, Sodium 2747.6, Carbohydrate 81, Fiber 4.3, Sugar 4.8, Protein 46.7

CROQUE MONSIEUR



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This delicious and classy sandwich works great for breakfast or brunch. I've twisted the traditional recipe by substituting Gouda for Gruyere, adding a splash of white wine to the cheese sauce, and building it on San Francisco-style sourdough bread. To make this sandwich into Croque Madame, top it with a sunny side up egg and a grinding of pepper. Enjoy!

Provided by Sarah Wiebe

Categories     100+ Breakfast and Brunch Recipes     Eggs     Breakfast Sandwich Recipes

Time 25m

Yield 4

Number Of Ingredients 12

¼ cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
⅓ cup heavy cream
¼ cup dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
1 dash ground nutmeg
¾ cup shredded Gouda cheese
8 (3/4 inch thick) slices sourdough bread
4 teaspoons butter
¼ cup Dijon mustard
8 slices deli ham
4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Steps:

  • Melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Gradually stir the flour into the butter. Add small portions of the cream and wine alternately, whisking after each addition to thicken before introducing the next amount. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Melt the cheese into the liquid in small amounts, stirring continually. Reduce heat to low and keep sauce warm until using.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spread 1/2 teaspoon of butter on one side of each slice of bread; spread about 1/2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard on the opposite side of each slice. Assemble the sandwiches by placing four slices of bread, buttered side down, into the skillet. Top each slice of bread with two slices of ham folded to completely fit on the bread; spoon equal amounts of the cheese sauce over the ham, reserving some of the sauce for later. Place the remaining slices of bread, mustard side down, atop the ham and cheese. Grill the sandwiches on each side until the bread is an even, golden brown color. Spoon a little of the cheese sauce on top of each sandwich before serving. Garnish each sandwich with 1 teaspoon of parsley.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 462.1 calories, Carbohydrate 33.4 g, Cholesterol 94.1 mg, Fat 30.1 g, Fiber 1.3 g, Protein 12.1 g, SaturatedFat 18.7 g, Sodium 1087.8 mg, Sugar 2 g

CROQUE MONSIEUR SOUP



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A twist on the classic French bistro sandwich -- creamy cheese soup with ham, topped with a thick slice of cheesy French bread -- Ooh la la!

Provided by By Betty Crocker Kitchens

Categories     Entree

Time 50m

Yield 8

Number Of Ingredients 13

1/2 cup butter
2 large sweet onions, cut in half and thickly sliced (4 cups)
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups Progresso™ unsalted chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cut in cubes
2 cups half-and-half
2 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese or Gruyère cheese (10 oz)
2 cups chopped cooked ham (about 10 oz)
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 slices (1-inch thick) French bread
Cornichons, if desired

Steps:

  • In 5-quart Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat until sizzling. Cook onions in butter 13 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are light golden brown. Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour on onion mixture; cook and stir constantly 1 minute. Slowly stir in chicken broth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in cream cheese; stirring constantly with whisk until smooth. Stir in half-and-half until blended. Slowly add 2 cups of the cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Stir in ham, 2 teaspoons of the Dijon mustard and the salt; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Place French bread slices on ungreased cookie sheet. Spread remaining 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard evenly on cut sides of bread. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Broil with tops 5 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or just until cheese is melted and golden brown. Watch carefully so cheese does not burn.
  • Serve soup topped with bread slices and cornichons.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 600, Carbohydrate 29 g, Cholesterol 135 mg, Fat 5 1/2, Fiber 1 g, Protein 25 g, SaturatedFat 25 g, ServingSize 1 Serving, Sodium 1240 mg, Sugar 7 g, TransFat 1 1/2 g

GRILLED HAM AND BLUE CHEESE SANDWICH - CROQUE MONSIEUR



Grilled Ham and Blue Cheese Sandwich - Croque Monsieur image

Easy and tasty..what could be better. :) This is Rosenborg's version of Croque Monsieur. Makes a wonderful lunch. Serve with salad, fresh fruit or enjoy it all by itself. Note: Rosenborg is a brand of blue cheese products. This recipe was in their 2009 calendar.

Provided by Diana 2

Categories     Lunch/Snacks

Time 10m

Yield 1 open faced sandwich

Number Of Ingredients 4

1 slice bread
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
2 ham slices
1 1/2 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled

Steps:

  • Toast bread slice, and butter if desired.
  • Top with ham slices and cheese.
  • Grill until cheese has melted.

MUSHROOM CROQUE-MONSIEUR



Mushroom Croque-Monsieur image

This traditional French sandwich is topped with a classic Mornay sauce (a béchamel sauce with cheese).

Provided by Marlena Spieler

Categories     Sandwich     Mushroom     Lunch     Parmesan     Ham     Bon Appétit     Sandwich Theory     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free

Yield Makes 6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 17

Mornay sauce:
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Hot pepper sauce
Sandwiches:
1 8-ounce package crimini (baby bella) or button mushrooms, trimmed
7 tablespoons butter, room temperature, divided
2 tablespoons minced shallot
12 1/3-inch-thick slices egg bread
6 thin ham slices
12 ounces Gruyère cheese; 9 ounces thinly sliced, 3 ounces grated
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh tarragon leaves (optional)

Steps:

  • For mornay sauce:
  • Melt butter in heavy-medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; stir until pale golden, about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk. Add bay leaf. Increase heat to medium-high; whisk until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to medium; stir until sauce coats back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheese and nutmeg. Season with hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • For sandwiches:
  • Place mushrooms in processor. Using on/off turns, process until finely chopped. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallot; stir until mushrooms are browned and dry, about 8 minutes. Transfer to plate to cool.
  • Preheat broiler. Spread remaining butter over 1 side of bread slices. Place bread, buttered side up, on rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden, watching closely and rotating sheet halfway through broiling, about 3 minutes. Cool bread. Preheat oven to 450°F. Turn 6 bread slices over; top with ham and sliced cheese. Top with remaining bread slices, broiled side up. Press to compress. Spread about 2 tablespoons sauce over sandwiches, leaving 1/3-inch plain border. Divide mushroom mixture atop sauce. Sprinkle with grated Gruyère and Parmesan.
  • Bake sandwiches until cheese inside melts and cheese on top turns golden, about 10 minutes. Top with tarragon, if desired.

MINI CROQUE MONSIEUR



Mini Croque Monsieur image

These fancy sandwiches can seem like a lot of work, but once you've made the sauce, putting together two big sandwiches and cutting them into individual rectangles means it's no trouble at all to serve enough for a crowd.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Appetizers

Time 1h40m

Yield Makes 20

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 loaf white Pullman bread (1 pound 2 ounces), bottom trimmed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (1 1/2 ounces)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
8 thin slices good-quality ham (5 ounces), such as Black Forest
12 large slices Gruyere cheese (12 ounces)

Steps:

  • Starting from the bottom of the loaf, slice bread horizontally into six 1/2-inch-thick rectangles (about 4-by-8 1/4-inches each); discard rounded top. Toast each bread slice in a toaster until pale gold.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, continuing to whisk. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan. Let bechamel cool completely. Season with salt and pepper. Divide between 2 bowls.
  • Spread half the bechamel from 1 bowl on 1 slice of bread. Top with 2 slices ham and 3 slices Gruyere. Top with 1 slice of bread, then spread remaining bechamel from bowl over top. Set sandwich aside. Repeat layering with ham and Gruyere, and top with 1 slice of bread. Repeat with remaining bowl of bechamel, bread slices, ham, and Gruyere. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Trim crusts from sandwiches. Cut each sandwich in half lengthwise, then crosswise 5 times to form 10 rectangles from each. Skewer each sandwich. Transfer to a baking sheet and warm in oven until cheese melts, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

PETIT CROQUE MONSIEUR



Petit Croque Monsieur image

This recipe, adapted from "Martha Stewart Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook," is perfect for parties and casual gatherings.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Appetizers

Yield Makes 1 or 2 dozen

Number Of Ingredients 8

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ripe but still firm Forelle or large Seckel pears, 2 chopped into 1/4-inch pieces, and 4 cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
24 very thin slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coarse whole-grain mustard
8 ounces thinly sliced ham, preferably Black Forrest
8 ounces thinly sliced Gruyere cheese

Steps:

  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add chopped pears and cook, stirring, until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Sprinkle pears with sugar and continue cooking until golden brown and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes more. Add vinegar and swirl pan until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and transfer pears to a plate; set aside.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add pear slices, in batches if necessary, and cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spread the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over one side of each slice of bread. Lay buttered-side down on work surface and spread opposite side generously with mustard. Slice bread in half diagonally. Top half of the diagonal slices with 1 slice of pear, 2 slices of ham, and 2 slices cheese; top with remaining diagonal slices.
  • Heat a clean medium skillet over medium heat; working in batches, cook 5 to 6 sandwiches at a time, turning once, until cheese is melted and sandwiches are golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Cut each sandwich in half to make two dozen hors d'oeuvres, if desired. Garnish each sandwich with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon reserved chopped pear mixture; serve immediately.

Tips:

  • Use high-quality ingredients: The better the ingredients, the better the final dish will be. Look for fresh, flavorful bread, cheese, and ham.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan: When cooking the croque monsieur, make sure to leave enough space between the sandwiches so that they can cook evenly.
  • Cook the sandwiches until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly: This will ensure that the sandwiches are cooked through and have a nice crispy exterior.
  • Serve the croque monsieur immediately: This dish is best enjoyed hot and fresh out of the pan.

Conclusion:

The croque monsieur is a classic French sandwich that is perfect for a quick and easy meal. With its simple yet flavorful ingredients, it's a dish that is sure to please everyone at the table. Whether you're looking for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the croque monsieur is a great option.

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