croque monsieur

French Croque Monsieur

This fancy French Croque Monsieur is something you can make in your own kitchen! Ham and cheese with even more melted cheese on top? Yes please.

Lizi Heaps, one half of the Food Nanny, shares how to make this delicious dish.

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Croque Monsieur

4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Pinch each salt pepper, and nutmeg
  • 8 slices french Italian, or sourdough French bread, about 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 1/8 inch-thick slices deli ham
  • 8 to 10 ounces Gruyere cheese shredded (2 to 2 1/2 cups) divided
  • Softened butter for buttering the bread
  • We like to make extra sauce!!!!


  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook and stir until bubbly. Add the milk all at once and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Remove from the heat.
  2. Place 4 bread slices on a baking sheet. Top each with a slice a ham and about 1/4 cup Gruyere. Top with the remaining bread.
  3. Preheat the broiler to low broil and adjust a rack to 6 inches from the heat. Butter the sandwiches on both sides (outsides). Place them under the broiler until deep golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Watch closely to prevent burning.
  4. Spoon one-fourth of the sauce (about 3 tablespoons) over each sandwich. Top each one with 1/4 cup of the remaining cheese. Broil until the cheese begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve the sandwiches with a green salad or fruit platter.
  6. Variation: Croque Madame
  7. Fry an egg over-easy in a small skillet and place the fried egg on top of the sandwich as soon as it comes out of the oven. This is how I see most French people eat this sandwich.