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

Keywords for this recipe:Croque-monsieurToastBéchamel sauceHamCheeseOven cookedStreet food

For 6 Croque-monsieurs, you will need:

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21 min.25 min.46 min.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Begin by cutting the crusts off 12 slices Sandwich bread.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Cut 3 slices ham to the size of the bread slices.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Lightly fry the slices of ham in a very hot pan for just a few seconds on each side.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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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.
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Then put the other slice of bread on the ham and sprinkle with grated cheese.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Place the croque-monsieur on a baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).

Stage 7
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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
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Once all your croque-monsieurs are assembled, put the baking sheet into a hot oven.

Stage 9 - 20 min.
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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
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Serve 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
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,730 Kcal or 11,430 Kj114 gr269 gr132 gr
137 %44 %25 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
265 Kcal or 1,110 Kj11 gr26 gr13 gr
13 %4 %2 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
455 Kcal or 1,905 Kj19 gr45 gr22 gr
23 %7 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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This recipe uses (among others)
Bechamel sauceBechamel sauce: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Thin spinach and potato tart, Montlebon toast, Moussaka, Chard and potato gratin, Endives , ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Quiche Lorraine, Stuffed tomatoes and courgettes, Ham "friand" pie, Aperitif rolls, Gratin-style spinach and chicken omelette , ... All
Sandwich breadSandwich bread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Crab and smoked salmon club sandwiches , Eggs Benedict , Spinach Croque-monsieur , Pain perdu, Genoese croque-monsieur, ... All
HamHam: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: French toast "cordon bleu", Quick flaky pizza, Potted meat (rillettes), Rice à l'italienne, Ham pasta bake, ... All

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