croque-monsieur
Croque-Monsieur
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
A croque-monsieur is a typical toasted French sandwich composed of two slices of bread filled with ham, cheese and Béchamel sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Servings: 6 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
Ingredients
  • 12 slices sandwich bread
  • 3 slices lean ham
  • 6 thin slices emmental
  • 3 oz. grated Gruyère cheese
For the Béchamel
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
Béchamel
  1. Place the butter in a non-stick pan and melt on low heat.
  2. Add the flour and mix with a spatula.
  3. Cook on low heat for a few minutes, without coloring.
  4. Gradually add the cold milk and nutmeg and whisk.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Croque-monsieur
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. On 6 slices of bread, spread a thin layer of Béchamel sauce then add half a slice of ham and a slice of emmental cheese.
  3. Place the other slices of bread on top.
  4. Top with the rest of the béchamel and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  5. Place the croque-monsieur on a plate.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. They must be golden brown.
Recipe Notes

To obtain an even creamier béchamel, add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and a little grated cheese at the end of cooking.