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
1,569 Kcal or 6,569 Kj114 gr269 gr132 gr
78 %44 %25 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
152 Kcal or 636 Kj11 gr26 gr13 gr
8 %4 %2 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
261 Kcal or 1,093 Kj19 gr45 gr22 gr
13 %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).
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: Leek and Mimolette tart, Small green vegetables in Mornay sauce, Scallops au gratin, Thin spinach and potato tart, Endives , ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Potato and two ham gratin, Endive gratin with cancoillotte, Thin endive tart, Creamy rice with spinach, Salmon and Spinach Gratin, ... All
Sandwich breadSandwich bread: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Genoese croque-monsieur, Spinach Croque-monsieur , Comtoise apple charlotte, Pain perdu, Chicken club sandwich, ... All
HamHam: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust), Breton galettes (pancakes), Involtinis, Ham "friand" pie, Potato and two ham gratin, ... All
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