The croque-monsieur is a French sandwich very easy to cook and a perfect meal for your lunchbox with a green salad! This is the traditional French recipe but you can imagine many variations.
A piece of history about the Croque-monsieur
A croque-monsieur (French for “mister crunch”) is a baked ham and cheese sandwich. The dish originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack. A croque-madame (French for “mistress crunch”) is a variant of the dish topped with a fried egg.
The name is based on the verb croquer (“to bite, to crunch”) and the word monsieur (“mister”). The sandwich’s first recorded appearance on a Paris café menu was in 1910.
Ingredients for 4 Croque-monsieur
- 8 thin slices white sandwich breads
- 8 slices of ham
- Freshly grated Cheese (Gruyère, or parmesan)
Preparation of Croque-monsieur
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Place 4 slices of bread on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Top each with a piece of ham, a handful of cheese. Then, place remaining slices of bread on top, then top with remaining gruyere and parmesan cheese.
Finally, bake at 425 °F for about 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted, and then turn the oven to broil and broil until the cheese on top is golden, 2-4 minutes.
Variants of the sandwich with substitutions or additional ingredients are given names modeled on the original croque-monsieur, for example:
- Croque provençal (with tomato)
- Croque auvergnat (with bleu d’Auvergne cheese)
- Croque norvégien (with smoked salmon instead of ham)
- Croque tartiflette (with sliced potatoes and Reblochon cheese)
- Croque bolognese (with Bolognese sauce)
- Croque señor (with tomato salsa)
- Croque Hawaiian (with a slice of pineapple)