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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


  • 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

Danny Mishoe
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This recipe was easy to follow and the results were delicious! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a classic French dish.

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This was a bit too cheesy for my taste, but my kids loved it. I'll probably make it again but use less cheese next time.

Safwan Rabiu
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I'm not a huge fan of béchamel sauce, but this recipe was still really good. I would definitely make it again.

Journey Basic
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This is a great recipe for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. I love that it can be made with ingredients that I usually have on hand.

Rae Miner
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Asif Bhati
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This was my first time making a croque monsieur and it was a success! It was cheesy, gooey, and delicious. I will definitely be making this again.

Sabir Jalalzai
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I was really excited to try this recipe but it turned out to be a bit bland. I think I might have used the wrong type of cheese. I'll definitely try it again with a different cheese.

velma atieno
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This is a great recipe! I've made it several times and it always turns out great. The only thing I would change is to use a different type of cheese. I find that Gruyère cheese melts better than cheddar.

Gohar Jani
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I made this for my family and they loved it! It was easy to make and very satisfying. The béchamel sauce was a bit too thick for my taste, but other than that, it was perfect.

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This croque monsieur was absolutely delicious! The béchamel sauce was creamy and flavorful, and the cheese was perfectly melted and gooey. The ham was also very tasty. I would definitely recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a classic French di

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