Croque Monsieur – You are probably asking “what in the world is that?” Well, basically it is a French version of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. It originated in French cafes and bars as a quick snack and usually involves Emmental or Gruyère cheese. Now if you want you can go all out and use Gruyère for this recipe, you can. I priced the cheese when I went to Sam’s Club. It was $12 for a pound for Gruyère. However, Swiss cheese is a less expensive close substitute that can be used with similar results.
Now this version of croque monsieur is baked instead of grilled. This version also gets cheese inside the sandwich along with a topping of cheese sauce plus it is all served on a buttery croissant! Don’t worry about calories on this one. This is a occasional dish, one to be enjoyed. It’s not like you eat this every day. It is deliciously buttery and cheesy goodness.
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 12 ounces grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese, divided
- 1 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 8 croissants, sliced in half
- honey dijon mustard
- 12 ounces honey ham, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, whisk butter and flour together and cook for 2 minutes.
- Then slowly pour the milk into the butter/flour mixture while whisking. Cook until sauce is thickened.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in 1/2 cup of the Swiss cheese along with the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and Parmesan cheese. Whisk until the cheese is fully melted and set aside.
- Place the halved croissants on 2 baking sheets with the cut sides up. Bake at 400 for 4 minutes.
- remove croissants from the oven and turn over so cut sides are down. Place back in the oven for 2 minutes.
- remove croissants from the oven and assemble the sandwiches. on the bottom half of the croissant, spread some honey dijon mustard followed by a couple slices of ham and a sprinkle of half of the remaining Swiss cheese.
- Continue until all sandwiches are made. Place them on a baking cheese and top evenly with the reserved cheese sauce.and sprinkle with the remaining Swiss cheese.
- Bake sandwiches for 5 minutes. Then broil until the top of the sandwiches are golden brown.
Recipe adapted from Savury and Sweet.