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August 12, 2019
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Croque Monsieur

A savory and cheesy French version of the ham & cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword ham and cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Abba Lee


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup double cream
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • dijon mustard to spread
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese grated
  • 6 slices ham


  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, double cream, onion, garlic and bay leaves and heat over a medium heat until it just starts to boil.

  2. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

  3. Pour the milk mixture through a sieve into a jug.

  4. Then, in a saucepan, gently melt the butter and add the flour. Stir together over a low-medium heat for 1 -2 minutes.

  5. Gradually add the milk in three parts whilst continually stirring.

  6. Continue to stir and bring the sauce to a gentle boil.

  7. Take off the heat and stir in the dijon mustard and ground nutmeg.

  8. Next, brush the two slices of bread with the melted butter and grill for about 5 minutes until golden brown.

  9. Take out of the grill and preheat the heat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

  10. Flip the slices of bread over and spread one slice with a thin layer of dijon mustard, followed by another layer of the béchamel sauce, followed by the cheese and then the ham.

  11. Place the other slice of bread on top and coat with more béchamel sauce and cheese.

  12. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling.


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