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Cooking Easy French Food - Croque Monsieur

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Cooking French Food is easy with this popular cafe classic, the Croque Monsieur. Imagine the comfort of a grilled cheese sandwich with layers of melted Gruyere, shaved deli ham and more Gruyere! Top that off with a silky and heavenly Mornay sauce and even more cheese. This is simply sublime and I hope you enjoy it.
  Bread slices/White bread 2 , toasted (Winnipeg-style Rye bread used)
  Dijon mustard 1 Tablespoon
  Grated gruyere cheese 2 Tablespoon
  Ham shank 1 , sliced
For the mornay sauce
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Flour 2 Tablespoon
  Milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Nutmeg powder 1 Pinch
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), shredded
  Salt 1 Pinch

1. Take a saucepan and melt butter in it on medium heat. When the butter melts add the flour into it and stir gently. Let it cook but do not let it change color. Cook till the raw smell disappears.
2. Pour in warm milk and whisk until you have a smooth sauce. Season with a little nutmeg powder.
3. Add some shredded Parmesan cheese and continue to whisk until its silky smooth in texture. Season it with a little salt. Mornay sauce is ready. Set this aside on low heat.
4. Take 2 toasted bread slices (white bread or any of your choice), spread a generous layer of Dijon mustard on both the slices, some shredded Gruyere cheese, a layer of shank ham and more shreds of cheese and then top with the other slice of bread.
5. Place the sandwich on a baking sheet and spoon on it some of the Mornay sauce (Bechamel sauce with shredded cheese) prepared.
6. Lastly top it with some more of the shredded Gruyere cheese and put it in the broiler until it all turns nice and golden in color.

7. Serve warm as it is or with a fried egg or poached egg.

Things You Will Need
1. Baking sheet
2. Broiler

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
I love the Croque Monsieur; the perfect breakfast dish. I mean, who wouldn't right? This French cafe classic dish is quite easy to make, and this video explains the recipe in simple steps. If you need ham and bread to start off your day, then you are at the right place. Watch, learn, share and enjoy!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 423 Calories from Fat 204

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 23 g35.2%

Saturated Fat 11.6 g57.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 34 mg11.3%

Sodium 640.2 mg26.7%

Total Carbohydrates 32 g10.6%

Dietary Fiber 2.2 g8.6%

Sugars 2.1 g

Protein 23 g45%

Vitamin A 3.6% Vitamin C 0.03%

Calcium 13.1% Iron 11.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Cooking Easy French Food - Croque Monsieur Recipe Video