Croque Monsieur. Simplicity at his best, and yet I cannot stop craving them.

One of my dad’s favorite Saturday lunch. Our meal of choice to our favorite bistro in Paris. Croque Monsieur is a fun, simple dish that we all love.

croque monsieur

I never shared it with all of you until the last “Summer Cooking Camp Class” I had when I decide to show my young chefs how it was made.

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My little crew loved them, and they could not wait to make them at home for their parents.

Different from the American counter partner, the grilled ham and cheese. The bread for one, and then the white sauce or bechamel with grated melted cheese.

Using fresh French country bread where the crust is crusty and the interior soft and out of this world bursting with flavor.

Cooking tips

Butter: do not skip it, this is what makes this Croque Monsieur the savory dish that it is.

You either smear it on the bread that will be facing the cooking pan, both sides, or you can place a piece on the cooking pan and place the bread over it.

Crust or no crust? This is optional. Try it both ways and see which one you do prefer.

I love the crust, but sometimes little ones may not.

croque monsieur

Bechamel and Cheese:

be as generous as you wish and cover the whole slice of bread, you will not regret it. As any fat content be very careful when you place the Croque Monsieur under the broiler as it will burn fast if not supervised.

Croque Monsieur

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croque monsieur
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 people
Our meal of choice to our favorite bistro in Paris. Croque Monsieur is a fun simple dish that we all love.


  • 2 slices of white French bread
  • butter
  • gruyere cheese
  • thinly sliced ham
  • bechamel cream, bechamel cream
  • gruyere, grated


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper, salt and pepper
  • nutmeg, nutmeg



  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir together until smoothly blended. Add milk gradually and whisk constantly until a blended and no lumps are formed.
    Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper


  • Butter the slices of bread and fill with layers gruyere cheese and ham. On a skillet over medium heat add a dot of butter (or butter the bread) and place the croque monsieur over it and brown lightly both sides.
  • Warm the broiler. Place the croque monsieur on a cookie sheet, top with bechamel cream, and some more gruyere cheese. Broil until the cheese melts and gets a golden color.


Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1490IU | Calcium: 551mg | Iron: 1mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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Equipment used to prepare the Croque Monsieur:

A Chef Giangi Pick
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet, 2-Pack
$21.99 ($11.00 / Count)

I have four and use them all the time. The BEST!

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02/18/2024 03:10 pm GMT