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Croque-monsieur

Croque-monsieur

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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21 min.25 min.46 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #1 Begin by cutting the crusts off 12 slices Sandwich bread.
Stage 2
5 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #2 Cut 3 slices ham to the size of the bread slices.
Stage 3
5 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #3 Lightly fry the slices of ham in a very hot pan for just a few seconds on each side.
Stage 4
5 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #4 Spread 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.
Stage 5
5 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #5 Then put the other slice of bread on the ham and sprinkle with grated cheese.
Stage 6
1 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #6 Place the croque-monsieur on a baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).
Stage 7
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #7 If 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.
Stage 8
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #8 Once all your croque-monsieurs are assembled, put the baking sheet into a hot oven.
Stage 9
20 min.
Croque-monsieur : Photo of step #9 Cook for about twenty minutes, watching carefully for colouring.

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

Remarks

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

% 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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Source: Home-made
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More recipes?

This recipe use (among others)
Bechamel sauceBechamel sauce: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Endives , Spinach and hard-boiled egg gratin, Montlebon toast, Spinach on toast with bechamel, Spinach Mornay, ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Celeriac and mushroom gratin, Ham "friand" pie, Gratin of chicken with rice and sautéed mushrooms, Avengers' potatoes, Stuffed tomatoes and courgettes, ... All
Sandwich breadSandwich bread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Eggs Benedict , Grilled cheese, Fried egg in bread, Spinach Croque-monsieur , Crab and smoked salmon club sandwiches , ... All
HamHam: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Potted meat (rillettes), Mozzarella pasta bake, Potato and two ham gratin, Ham à la Russe, Stuffed tomatoes and courgettes, ... All

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