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A classic of French "street food" or bistros: a slice of ham between two slices of bread spread with béchamel sauce. The sandwich is then sprinkled with cheese and toasted in the oven.


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Last modified on: August 1st 2010

For 6 Croque-monsieurs, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
21 min.25 min.46 min.
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1 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #1Begin by cutting the crusts off 12 slices Sandwich bread. 5 min.
2 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #2Cut 3 slices ham to the size of the bread slices. 5 min.
3 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #3Lightly fry the slices of ham in a very hot pan for just a few seconds on each side. 5 min.
4 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #4Spread béchamel sauce on 2 slices of bread (tip: use a broad-bladed knife or palette knife).

Place a piece of ham on top of the sauce on one slice of bread.
5 min.
5 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #5Then put the other slice of bread on the ham and sprinkle with grated cheese. 5 min.
6 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #6Place the croque-monsieur on a baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
1 min.
7 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #7If you are making several croque-monsieurs, it is worth setting up a production line, i.e. spread béchamel sauce on all the bread, then arrange all the slices of ham, etc. This is much faster than doing one at a time.
8 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #8Once all your croque-monsieurs are assembled, put the baking sheet into a hot oven.
9 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #9Cook for about twenty minutes, watching carefully for colouring.

You can put them under the grill to brown if necessary at the end.
20 min.
10 Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #10Serve hot or warm if possible, with a green salad for example.


You can use whatever ham you prefer; I find that it's best with smoked ham, but it's a matter of taste. The same goes for the cheese. Gruyère, or even better Comté, will give you the best croque-monsieur.

yYu can cut the left-over crusts into small pieces and fry them in a little clarified butter or oil, to make small croutons which are great for adding to salads, for example.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2716114 gr269 gr132 gr
136 %44 %25 %20 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
26411 gr26 gr13 gr
13 %4 %2 %2 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
45218 gr44 gr21 gr
23 %7 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 Croque-monsieurs : 4.67 €
Per Croque-monsieur : 0.78 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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