Easy Croque Monsieur Recipe - Sandwich Idea

Croque Monsieur is basically a grilled ham club style sandwich, with a lovely cheesy béchamel sauce poured over and popped under the grill to melt and brown. 

Croque Monsieur

Delicious as a snack of with a few thick cut chips and salad.
Béchamel sauce is usually made with hot milk but sometimes I can't be bothered so just use cold milk and it works for me and were are no lumps to be found.

To make two sandwiches to serve 2 you will need:
4 slices of nice proper bread - a bloomer loaf is good
60g melted butter
1 tablespoon of plain flour
100ml whole milk
salt and black pepper for seasoning
a pinch of grated nutmeg
170g Gruyere cheese - grated
1 to 2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 
4 slices of baked ham - use ham sliced from the bone not that prepacked, preformed stuff - proper ham is needed here.

How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan.  Leaving the butter in the pan, brush all four pieces of bread with the butter on one side only.   
Put the bread to one side.

Back to the melted butter; add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for a couple of minutes to cook the flour over a low to medium heat.  
Why?  Because if you don't cook the flour in this way your sauce will not only be lumpy but it will taste floury too.
Slowly pour the milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened.
Turn the heat to low and add a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg to the sauce along with most of the grated Gruyere cheese - keep a little to one side.
Add 1 tablespoon of the Dijon mustard and stir well until the sauce is nice and smooth.  Have a taste and add more Dijon mustard if you need to - I used 2 tablespoons.  Remove from the heat, check the seasoning adding a tiny pinch of salt if you think it needs it.  Set aside and get on with the bread.

Ideally you need a pan that can go into the oven - if not you will have to transfer the sandwiches to a baking sheet.

Using a pan (that can go into the oven) toast the bread on the buttered side only.
On the un-toasted side add two slices of ham to two of the slices.  Sprinkle over the rest of the grated Gruyere cheese and top each with the other two slices of bread - toasted side up.  

Croque Monsieur ready to cook

Pop the pan with the sandwiches into your preheated oven and bake for about 5 minutes.

Croque Monsieur toasting

Now transfer the sandwiches to a foil lined tray (only because a foil tray is easier to clean up than a grill pan with melted sauce) and pour over the thick cheese sauce - if it's gone too cold to pour just heat it back up a bit first.
Put the sandwiches under a grill for about 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese sauce is bubbling and has some colour.
Serve straight away.

Croque Monsieur

1 comment

  1. So marvelous…and my hubby would be thrilled with these.


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