• Cooking Time: 10
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 15


The basic croque monsieur recipe is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, with a crispy, crunchy exterior. The sandwich is aptly named; the french verb croquer, means “to crunch” and Monsieur means Mister. A variation is the croque madame (Mrs.), which is topped with a fried egg.

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  • 8 slices fresh bread –French bread if possible – crusts removed
  • 4 slices baked ham or jambon de Paris
  • 8 slices Gruyère cheese
  • 4 Tbsp clarified butter
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Béchamel Sauce
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tsp salt


  • Clarified butter has a higher smoke point, which means frying can be done at a higher temperature.
  • Melt butter in a heavy saucepan at a low heat.
  • Once butter is completely melted, remove from heat.
  • After it has cooled for 5 minutes, skim off the foamy top.
  • Pour the melted liquid butter into a container and discard solids at the bottom of the pan.
  • Assemble four sandwiches using 2 slices of bread, 1 slice of ham and 2 slices of cheese for each sandwich.
  • Children can help assemble the sandwiches.
  • Spread ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard on the interior of the bread prior to assembling.
  • Brush the outside of the sandwiches with butter.
  • In a non-stick fry pan, add the clarified butter and sauté the sandwiches over medium heat.
  • Cook each side until golden brown – approximately 2.5 minutes.
  • Béchamel Sauce
  • Melt the butter and add the salt.
  • Add the flour, a little at a time, while constantly stirring with a whisk. Slowly add the milk, while continuing to whisk.
  • Sauce will thicken.
  • Do not boil.
  • Remove sauce from heat and pour several tablespoons over sandwich.
  • Place in broiler for 3- 5 minutes.

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