Croque Monsieur Sandwich

2 Apr

I am fascinated by France – their language, their cuisine, their joie de vivre…  I wish we can learn more to enjoy the pleasure French people derive from the simple things in life.

Every since I leartned about Croque Monsieur sandwiches, I’ve been wanting to eat one…  but I knew I had to make it at home because they’re typically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with a cheesy béchamel sauce and more melted gruyere cheese. Hmmmm.  Need I say more?

So here is my karma-free version for all of you…



2 slices 100% whole wheat country bread
2 slices aged Swiss cheese
2 slices of soy-protein smoked ham – I buy mine frozen at NYC’s Chinatown, but you substitute with any veggie cold-cut of your preference
Dijon mustard
Bechamel Sauce, recipe follows
About ½ cup Shredded gruyere cheese
  1. Using a slicing mandolin, slice the ham.  In a small skillet, brown the ham slices a bit.  This will warm them up and cook them a little.  Set aside.
  2. Make the béchamel.
  3. Toast bread slices.  Assemble sandwiches by spreading some Dijon mustard on the inside of the bread slices.  Place swiss cheese, ham, a bit of the shredded gruyere cheese on one side and top with the remaining slice.
  4. Place sandwich in a baking sheet.  Pour a ladleful of the béchamel sauce on top of the sandwich and sprinkle additional shredded gruyere cheese.
  5. Broil in oven for about 4-5 minutes until the cheese has melted and turned a bit golden brown.

Béchamel Sauce

I know this is not the traditional way a béchamel is made, but this is easy, it works and it works better for me than the traditional method.  For some reason, I always end up with a flourly taste when I do the traditional version…  OK?

1 cup plain soy milk – make sure it’s not the vanilla kind…
3 tbs cornstarch
Salt and Pepper to taste
A dash of ground nutmeg
About ½ cup gruyere cheese
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat most of the soymilk. Leave a little bit of soymilk aside to mix with the cornstarch.  Add the remaining milk/cornstarch to the warmed soymilk and let it boil slowly to thicken.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  3. Remove from heat and add gruyere cheese.  Set aside

One Response to “Croque Monsieur Sandwich”

  1. Mike of Mike's Table April 4, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    I have also never heard of Croque Monsieur but that sounds like a hell of a grilled cheese sandwich! 😮

    Guess what I’ll be having for lunch today?

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