Croque Monsieur

Ingredients

4 slices of French bread or Ciabatta thickly sliced, buttered and toasted in the oven.
mixed dried herbs
1 large onion, peeled and cut in half
salt and black pepper, to taste
smoked ham
grated mozzarella or gruyere
a pinch of nutmeg
butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon salt

Croque Monsieur

This is one of the MOST delicious and satisfying grilled cheese sandwiches that you will EVER make!
1
20 Minutes

Method

  • Add a large knob of butter to a saucepan.
  • Once melted, add the flour and stir to combine – use a whisk to make it easier.
  • Leave to cook for about 30 seconds – but be careful not to burn it.
  • Next, pour in the warmed milk and whisk again to make sure the milk is lump-free.
  • Stir through the white pepper, salt and nutmeg.
  • Continuously stir, until thickened – this should take about 3 minutes. Again, be careful the béchamel doesn’t burn.
  • When the béchamel has thickened, add grated cheese (about 3/4 cup) – remove from the heat and stir the sauce until the cheese has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Take the toasted bread slices and spread a layer of Dijon mustard onto each slice.
  • Place the ham on top of two slices of toast. Use loads of ham!
  • Top the ham with grated Gruyere cheese or grated mozzarella.
  • Take the other two slices of toast and place it on top to create two sandwiches.
  • Spoon about 3 tablespoons of béchamel sauce on top of each sandwich.
  • Add more grated cheese on top and finish with a sprinkling of mixed herbs.
  • Place the two sandwiches into the oven and grill until the cheese has melted and the top of the sandwiches are deliciously golden brown – about 15 minutes.
  • BON APPPÉTIT!