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Croque Monsieur

An iconic french dish so easy that you can be biting into pure cheesiness in 30 minutes!
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  • 8 slices of sandwich bread, I used french bread
  • 2.5 cups grated Gruyere
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 4 slices of cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat and add the flour, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Add the hot milk, slowly, and whisk until the sauce has thickened.
  • Turn the heat off and add the salt, pepper, nutmeg and cheese (1/2 cup of the Gruyere and Parmigiano Reggiano).
  • Lightly brush one side of each bread with Dijon mustard.
  • Add Gruyere cheese to each side, one slice of ham and then close the sandwiches together.
  • Spoon the bechamel sauce on top of the sandwiches and then sprinkle the rest of the Gruyere cheese.
  • Bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes.
  • Turn on the broiler and broil the sandwiches until the top is bubbly and slightly browned.
  • Serve warm.


Adapted from Barefoot in Paris