Croque-monsieur? Oui Monsieur!
I had this for the first time on a trip to Paris last year, and absolutely loved it. I thought it was a shame that cafes in the UK don’t serve this for breakfast so I thought I’d try recreating it at home. In Paris I had two versions of this dish. One with béchamel sauce and one without. I loved how creamy and rich the béchamel sauce made it, so I’m including the option to add the sauce.
PREP TIME: 5-10 minutes COOK TIME: 20 minutes
DIFFICULTY: easy SERVES: 2
- 150 ml Béchamel Sauce (optional and delicious, find the recipe here!)
- 4 slices of bread
- 2 slices of ham
- 100g Gruyere Cheese, Grated
- a sprinkling of mixed herbs
- cracked black pepper to taste
TIP: Before you begin, preheat the oven to 210°C.
- If you choose to include the creamy béchamel sauce, follow this recipe, here.
- Spread the béchamel sauce onto two pieces of bread, sprinkle half the cheese onto of this. Put one slice of ham onto each piece of bread, and sprinkle most of the rest of the cheese onto this. Place the remaining bits of bread onto of these stacks to make a sandwich. Spread the remaining Béchamel sauce on top of the sandwich and sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere cheese, the mixed herbs and pepper.
- Put the sandwiches on a wire rack in your preheated oven, baking for 20 minutes.
- The cheese will melt and the creamy béchamel will soak into the bread, making a nice soft texture to offset the crunchy, crispness of the bread.
- After waiting those 20 minutes, you’re done. Just serve up with a little salad and you have a little slice of French cafe culture. YUM!