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

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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.
Croque-monsieur
Begin by cutting the crusts off 12 slices Sandwich bread.

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

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Croque-monsieur
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
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
Then put the other slice of bread on the ham and sprinkle with grated cheese.

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

Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F).

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

Stage 9 - 20 min.
Croque-monsieur
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
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.
Source
Home-made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,668 Kcal or 11,170 Kj458 gr2,141 gr439 gr
133 %176 %202 %67 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
259 Kcal or 1,084 Kj44 gr208 gr43 gr
13 %17 %20 %6 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
445 Kcal or 1,863 Kj76 gr357 gr73 gr
22 %29 %34 %11 %
% 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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 Croque-monsieurs : 4.71 €
  • Per Croque-monsieur : 0.79 €

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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: Moussaka, Leek and Mimolette tart, Potato and broccoli gratin, Ham and endives au gratin, Stuffed artichokes au gratin, ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Ham pasta bake, Spinach and hard-boiled egg gratin, Creamy rice with spinach, Moussaka, Avengers' potatoes, ... All
Sandwich breadSandwich bread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Grilled cheese, Genoese croque-monsieur, Eggs Benedict , Fried egg in bread, Crab and smoked salmon club sandwiches , ... All
HamHam: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Potato and two ham gratin, Rice à l'italienne, Auvergnat tartines, Mozzarella pasta bake, Frichti from Bruxelles, ... All
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