Recipe by Chef Glaucia
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.
Top Review by Xapury82
Made for Christmas morning. My over teen age sons really liked it. I used Scarborough Fair (parsley, sage , Rosemary, and thyme) as my favorite herb... Very nice! Plan to try with ham and bacon bits and maybe gruyere cheese next time...
- 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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.