By French Tart on June 11, 2007
Photo by French Tart
Photo by French Tart
"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!!"
Serving Size: 1 (135 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"These were absolutely delicious sandwiches !!!! Ham and gruyere go so well together. I cooked it perhaps a few minutes too long or should of cooked on a lower heat in the skillet but they turned out wonderful anyways. Had this with a lovely bowl of soup. This is such a filling sandwich...but oh so yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe French Tart..always a pleasure doing your recipes."
"I'm not giving this stars, because I didn't have gruyere and just used cheese. Plus, I forgot the salt and pepper. Saying that, I did enjoy it. I make this without the egg all the time, but the egg added a little more "heart police" to the mix. Next week, I'm getting a better class of ham, gruyere and will rate it then."
"Great sandwich, made and served with Recipe #33752."
"This is sooooooo good! I would give it 100 stars if I could."
"Yummy! This was a great sandwich! The egg made it somewhat different and special. I added garlic to my egg. I'll be making this again. Thanks for all you have done to make Everyday's a Holiday special."
"This is a recipe that is really enjoyed by my family. My Daughter made this for ZWT5 and today was made for her and bunch of her friends for a special lunch. Made to honor French Tart for all the wonderful things she does."
"This was a recipe that my French teacher suggested we try. It is a great ham and cheese sandwich with french toast sides. I added some chives and capers to my sandwich for a little added flavor. Made for ZWT5 for the Genies of Gourmet."
"Oh, Tarty, you naughty girl. How will I ever eat a plain old grilled cheese again? This is SO good. I made just one sandwich and split it with my three-year-old who loved it as much as I did. I used American cheese, as it was what I had on hand. I've filed this away with my favorites. Made for ZWT5 Jammin' Java Jivers. Thanks!"
"This is so yummy. I made this for breakfast. I used reduced-fat swiss cheese. No salt and pepper for us. Thanks French Tart :) Made for the Saucy Senoritas of ZWT5"
"C'est si bon! Made for lunch. Hubby was quite pleased.Made in a skillet. Will definitely make again. Made for Rail Riding Rowdies for ZWT 5"
"Thanks for giving us something new to try. It was good, neither of us thought it was something we'd go through the trouble for again. Needed something else to help kick up the flavor - we tried dipping in dijon mustard, but that was overpowering."
"This is a great recipe if you are looking for an alterative to your basic grilled cheese sandwich. My husband doesn't care for sandwiches but he really enjoyed this one. Anything that has cheese melted on it, he's all about that. Thanks for sharing!"
"I made this in the skillet, and it was a great lunch. Very rich and very filling. I added fresh mixed ground pepper to the egg mixture, leaving the salt out. I thought the ham and cheese would provide enough salt for me. I could only handle half of my sandwich, but my teenage DS ate 3 for his lunch! Made for ZWT5."
"Tres savoureux! I added chopped onion, mustard, and white pepper to the egg mixture. Did the oven technique but next time will put it in a 375 degree oven so it is faster. This would be marvelous with a fried egg. I served with Recipe#298066 for a wonderful lunch. Merci French Tart for "taking me" on a jaunt in France. Made during French visit of ZWT5 for Chow Hounds."
"I opted for the oven method-- and it worked well, I chose to sprinkle parmesan on top of the sandwiches and broil the last few minutes. A tasty treat that everybody ate."
"These were incredible, and with the egg on top (in for a penny ....) they were amazing."
"Fabulous sandwich -- delicious and so easy to make. I made it for a kid-friendly challenge for Zaar World Tour, but I didn't have any kids. So I recruited the dogs. The photos document their participation, but show it in the reverse. The dog on the sofa was the last image -- he was just plain tuckered out after all that cooking. We all had a good laugh -- and a fantastic lunch! Thanks FT!"
"Have a heart attack with us! Made for ZWT4, this was a wonderful sandwich. I put the fried egg on top of the sammie, so then it would be called Croque Madame. (?) I wasn't sure but it made sense that the fried egg would be on top, and we ate with knife and fork. Hmmm could there be a person that wouldn't like this treat? Not in my house! Picky daughter loved, her boyfriend asked for me to keep one warm for him for later...I told him "no, I'll make it fresh for you next time." I made mine with Rye bread, the rest with white. Made with some oven fries. WONDERFUL!"
"Utterly outstanding. I love these things. I do wish you had included a bechamel recipe version. Perhaps soon? Thanks for providing this recipe, Karen!"
"Yummy! Like French Toast, with a little ham & cheese surprise."