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Croque monsieur

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium
30g unsalted butter
25g plain flour
475ml hot milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Pinch nutmeg
340g Gruyere, grated
50g freshly grated Parmesan
16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
Dijon mustard
225g baked ham, sliced but not paper thin
1) Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas mark 6. Melt the butter over a 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.

2) Turn off the heat and add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 35g of the grated Gruyere and all the Parmesan. Mix well and set aside.

3) 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.

4) Lightly brush half the toasted slices with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread.

5) Slather the tops of the sandwiches with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Turn on the grill element and grill for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.

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