Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Common variations include adding dijon mustard, or brushing melted butter on the outside before cooking. Sometimes grated cheese is sprinkled on the top as well. In truth there are as many variations as there are cooks. Submitted for ZWT 8.
- Butter two pieces of normal, sliced, bread (yes, this is available in French supermarkets).
- Place a slice of ham cut to the size of the slice of bread, and some semi-hard cheese, on top of the first slice of bread (often gruyere cheese is used).
- Put the other piece of buttered bread on the top, squeeze it together, and put in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bread is toast.
- Adding a fried egg changes the name to Croque Madam.
A great sandwich! I used whole grain bread, a nice smoked ham and gruyere cheese. I did add the dijon mustard and I heartily recommend the addition, it added a lot of favor. The oven method of toasting the sandwich was perfect, it freed me to do other things and the sandwich came out a perfectly toasted light brown. I cooked it at 350F for about 15 mins and I did flip it over once while it was cooking. I'll make this many times!
No offense but this is not a Croque Monsieur. The actual recipe is a very delicious and rich sandwich as it is covered in a bechamel sauce. Try it with top notch ham and cheese on a brioche bread covered in bechamel and you will find bliss.
This is what I made for DH this morning and he liked it so much. I used emmenthal cheese. He wanted the egg :) Thanks Elaniemay :) Made for ZWT8 for Diners, Winers and Chives