Classic Croque Monsieur Recipe

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Serves4+
SkillEasy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories578 Kcal29%
Fat32 g46%
Saturated Fat19 g95%

Ingredients

  • 8 slices white sourdough bread
  • 4 large slices outdoor-reared, British ham, halved
  • 200g (7oz) Gruyère, sliced

for the béchamel:

  • 50g (2oz) butter
  • 40g (1½oz) plain flour
  • 300ml (½pt) milk

Method

  1. Make the sauce: melt the butter in a saucepan, stir through the flour and cook for a couple of minutes until it smells biscuity. Very slowly, whisk in the milk until you have a thick, smooth white sauce. Season well, then allow to get cold.

  2. Heat the oven to 200 C, 180 C fan, 400 F, gas 6. Divide the sauce between the bread slices, top with the ham and cheese, and season. Place on oiled foil and bake for 10 minutes or so, until the bread is crisp and the cheese has melted. Put 4 slices on top of the other 4 and serve immediately.

Top Tip for making Classic Croque Monsieur

We love Gruyère, but any firm melting cheese you have will work – try Emmental, Comté or Beaufort too.