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French Croque Monsieur is an icon in my book, takes me back to my time in France having it at basically any brasserie and just falling in love, over and over again ❤️😍 It’s my favorite sandwich, no questions asked. What’s yours?

I always get asked where my plates are from, so here it is!

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Why You’ll Love French Croque Monsieur

This sandwich is relatively easy to make, and it is epic! It’s cheesy and delicious. The béchamel sauce takes it to the next level and gives it that creamy touch.

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How To Prepare French Croque Monsieur

🧈 First, melt the butter and add the flour. Then, cook it together for about 4-5 minutes on medium low to cook out the flavor of the flour.

🥛 Secondly, whisk in your warmed up milk slowly and let it thicken, about 5 minutes on medium low.

🧂 Add in pepper, chives, salt, nutmeg and dijon.

🍞 Spread the béchamel on all 8 slices of bread. Then, add 2 slices of ham to 4 slices of bread and top with some of the cheese, leaving some behind for topping.

🧀 Then, top the bread with the ham and cheese with the remaining bread slices, béchamel side up.

🌟 Lastly, add the remaining cheese on top of the sandwiches. Then, bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes and broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is golden.

Substitutions and Variations

  1. You can use turkey instead of ham.
  2. You can use your cheeses of choice instead of parmesan and gruyere.
  3. I topped mine with chives, but you can easily use any of your favorite herbs or whichever ones you have on hand.

Chef Nadia’s Tip

Don’t skip the broiling! It truly gets the cheese on top golden and perfect.

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Common Questions

What can I use instead of ham?

You can use turkey slices.

Can I use a different bread?

Yes absolutely! You can use any bread of your choice.

Can I use different cheeses?

Yes of course. You can use any cheese of your choice.

What gruyere do you use?

I use Emmi Gruyere.

French Croque Monsieur

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Servings: 4
French Croque Monsieur is an icon in my book, takes me back to my time in France having it at basically any brasserie and just falling in love, over and over again ❤️😍 it’s my favorite sandwich, no questions asked. What’s yours?

Ingredients 

  • 2.5 tbsp Butter
  • 2.5 tbsp Flour
  • 1 1/3 cup Milk (warmed up), you can add 1/4 cup more if it’s too thick but I wanted it thick
  • 2 tbsp Chives
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 8 oz Gruyère (shredded), or to taste
  • 4 oz Parmigiano Reggiano (grated), or to taste
  • 8 slices Brioche bread, thick
  • 8 slices Ham

Directions 

  • First, melt the butter and add the flour. Then, cook it together for about 4-5 minutes on medium low to cook out the flavor of the flour.
  • Secondly, whisk in your warmed up milk slowly and let it thicken, about 5 minutes on medium low.
  • Add in pepper, chives, salt, nutmeg and dijon.
  • Spread the béchamel on all 8 slices of bread. Then, add 2 slices of ham to 4 slices of bread and top with some of the cheese, leaving some behind for topping.
  • Then, top the bread with the ham and cheese with the remaining bread slices, béchamel side up.
  • Lastly, add the remaining cheese on top of the sandwiches. Then, bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes and broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is golden.

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 912kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 34g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 265mg, Sodium: 1945mg, Potassium: 368mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1775IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1058mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine: French

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