Thursday, April 23, 2009

Barefoot Bloggers Challenge - Croque Monsieur

The second Barefoot Bloggers Recipe Challenge came from Kathy of All Food Considered. Kathy has chosen Ina's Croque Monsieur.

As one of six kids we had our share of grilled cheese sandwiches, but nothing this decadent. I thought this was a very rich but tasty sandwich. I ended up making this sandwich today (talk about waiting til the last minute) for lunch and had to cut it down to a smaller size, since I was alone for lunch.

Croque Monsieur


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups hot milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
12 ounces Gruyere, grated (5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sliced but not paper thin


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. Off the heat add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

To toast the bread, place the slices on 2 baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.

Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes.

Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.


  1. Glad you didn't miss out on making this wonderful recipe!

  2. It certainly was a decadent sandwich! Hope you enjoyed it!


  3. I left mine to the last minute too! Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind! Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Rich but tasty is a very good way to describe these sandwiches. I'm glad you liked them!

  5. Wow Diana....that is great looking!!