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Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Most Sunday mornings, I make the Mr a bacon sarnie. Me? I quite often desire something a little more… ‘fancy.’ This week I had some spare ham and cheese so thought I would use the opportunity to make myself a Croque Monsieur. For those of you that haven’t heard of this french delight, it’s basically a glorified cheese & ham toastie. Though I can confirm – it’s WELL worth the extra effort!

Here is what you will need to make 1 Croque Monsieur.

Making for more? Simply multiply the ingredients by the amount of people you are feeding.

  • 2 Slices of Thick White Bread
  • 60g Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 Slice Ham
  • (8g) 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • (4g) 1/2 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 100ml Semi Skimmed Milk
  • Ground or Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 15g Parmesan, Grated
  • Honey Mustard (or Dijon Mustard)

 

Croque Monsieur Recipe

Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C.

In a toaster or under the grill, lightly toast the bread until just golden on both sides.

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat then throw in the flour.

Stir constantly over the low heat for 2 minutes. It should look a little something like this…

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Gradually add in the milk bit by bit, stirring constantly and fairly vigorously to smooth out any lumps.

When the milk is all used up, you should end up with a slightly thick white sauce.

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Add in a little nutmeg & season well with salt and pepper. Then stir through the parmesan cheese. If the sauce is still a little runny, turn the heat up to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.

You want it thick enough to be able to spoon on the top of the sandwich without it running off the sides.

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

To Assemble

Spread a thin layer of honey (or dijon) mustard onto one slice of bread…

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Now top both slices with grated cheddar cheese, reserving a little for the top.

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Then place the ham on top of the slice with mustard on it…

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Next, place the bread with just cheddar cheese on top of the slice with ham on it.

Pour over the sauce and spread around evenly. Then top with the remaining cheddar cheese and place onto a baking tray.

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

Bake in the oven for 5 minutes then turn on the grill.

Grill until the topping is all golden, bubbly and oh so sexy…

Simple & Delicious Croque Monsieur | Ham | Cheese | Breakfast | Brunch

And that is what you need to do to create one of the most incredible breakfast/brunch dishes in the entire world. I told you the Croque Monsieur was better than a ham and cheese toastie!

Literally, as soon as you cast your eyes over that sultry, golden, bubbly topping – you won’t be able to resist it’s charm. I implore you not to skip on the honey mustard & nutmeg either. I swear to the gods – they make this sing like a celestial being sent from heaven to implement world peace! Genuinely… absolutely… divine. You NEED to make this!

The Mr was a little jealous when I sat down next to him with this vs. his humble bacon sarnie. I think I might be making two next time…

And on that note, I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies!

Miss KitchenMason

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Nutty Nutritionist

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

also, my last name is Mason, are you a Mason too?

Miss KitchenMason

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

Haha yes I am! X

Nutty Nutritionist

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

mmm, that looks so good! Sometimes I wish I wasn't a vegetarian...

Miss KitchenMason

Thursday 2nd of October 2014

Awwww, maybe it would be just as good with avacado in the middle and a fried egg popped on top? Egg and avacado are a fab combo!

Alyssa

Friday 26th of September 2014

A million times better than your average grilled cheese! I just wanted to let you know that I have a website (Simply Creative Recipes) where I showcase recipes that I find and I am linking to this post if you don't mind. You are welcome to submit your recipes to my site if you'd like!

Miss KitchenMason

Friday 26th of September 2014

Thanks for your comment Alyssa, that's very sweet of you! And of course I don't mind that you link to my post x

hipfoodie

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

mmm! My ultimate comfort food :)

Thalia @ butter and brioche

Monday 8th of September 2014

I am a massive croque monsieur & madame fan.. in fact I have dedicated recipes to them on my blog! Definitely need to try your recipe, looks delicious.

Miss KitchenMason

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Me too! Thank you x

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