Authentic French Croque Monsieur

French authentic bistro style croque monsieur

Those classic ham and grilled cheese toasts are beloved all over the world but in France too! I show you the easy way to prepare them.

This classic sandwich, eaten warm with melting cheese is a great classic of French bistrot or home cooking. I share here the grilled version in the oven, but some fry croque Monsieur in a pan.

To make croque Monsieur like a real French

And have you ever heard of croque Madame ? Madame means miss and is the same with a fried egg on top. In Frenc we say un œuf à cheval, lit. “horse riding egg” !!

French authentic bistro style croque monsieur

French iconic croque Monsieur

Those classic ham and grilled cheese toasts are beloved all over the world but in France too! I show you the easy way to prepare them.
5 de 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Starter
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

BECHAMEL

  • 30 gr butter
  • 30 gr flour
  • 300 ml milk
  • nutmeg
  • salt and pepper

CROQUE-MONSIEUR

  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • 4 slices ham +/- 200 gr
  • 125 gr grated cheese Emmental, Comté, Gruyère, Cantal ...

Instructions
 

prepare BÉCHAMEL (POSSIBLE IN ADVANCE) SEE STEP BY STEP HERE

  • Melt butter, add flour and mix the roux obtained. Pour cold milk little by little, mixing vigorously. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring. Let cool.

PREPARE croques monsieur

  • Preheat the oven in the grill position (about190 ° C / 375°F).
  • Place 4 bread slices on a oven baking tray covered with baking paper.
  • Cover each loaf of bread with béchamel sauce.
  • Cover with grated cheese.
  • Add a slice of white ham cut into pieces, 1 per croque Monsieur.
  • Place the second slice of bread on top.
  • Cover again with béchamel.
  • Finally add more grated cheese in a generous layer.
  • Cook under the grill for ten minutes until croque Monsieur is hot, cheese melt and grilled.
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Written by Florence RICHOMME