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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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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.

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% 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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