Croque Monsieur

french croque monsieur

Croque-Monsieur is one of my favorite French bistro-style dishes. It’s basically a slightly fancier version of the classic ham and cheese sandwich topped with a rich béchamel sauce and delicious Gruyere cheese (trust the French to make a toasted sandwich even more indulgent). The traditional Croque-Monsieur is usually made with white toast bread but as I happened to have half a sourdough loaf in my cupboard today I decided to use that instead. Plus it reminded me of the way Meryl Streep does hers in ‘It’s Complicated‘ which is one of my favorite romantic comedies!

xx Bon appetit

croque monsieur

croque monsieur recipe

croque monsieur it's complicated movie

Croque-Monsieur (makes 2)

4 slices of bread, lightly toasted
Dijon Mustard
100g Gruyere cheese
2-3 slices of ham
Béchamel sauce (white sauce)


♥ Preheat oven grill to medium high.

♥ Spread a thin layer of mustard over half of the bread slices. Add the ham slices and 1/2 the Gruyere cheese. Top with the other bread slices and press firmly. Spoon a generous amount of béchamel sauce on top of the sandwiches and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

♥ Place on a baking tray and grill for 5 minutes or until golden and bubbling.

♥ Serve with a green salad.

yummy idea: serve with a fried egg on top to make a Croque-Madame.
make your white sauce from a packet rather than from scratch


    • Terri I think you’ll find this at any bistro in Paris, it’s a French staple :) ps. I’m so jealous of your Parisian trip! xx

  • Mmmmm one of my favourite indulgent treats! It’s amazing how the flavour of the mustard, ham and cheese just comes together so beautifully! I certainly tried a few of these when I visited France a couple of years ago. Thank you for linking your post up to our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

  • I can’t believe you posted this – I actually made this at school last week (although mine didn’t turn out as gorgeous as yours!) I can’t wait to try this again – love Gruyere cheese! I thought I’d come past after I found you via Bake Play Smile’s FFF’s which is a wonderful way to meet new people who have the same passion for food as I do.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. I just had a look through your blog as well and I love it! Great name :)

  • These would be brilliant for a Sunday night dinner (or any night dinner, breakfast, lunch or whatever!) Great photos Pearl.

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