Croque Monsieur Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yay to April and National Grilled Cheese Month! I thought I would feature one of my favorite grilled cheese recipes, Croque Monsieur, from my latest cookbook “400 Best Sandwiches: from Classics & Burgers to Wraps and Condiments”. This French-style ham and cheese sandwich typically has Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese. It originated in France as a fast food snack in cafes and bars. It’s so easy to prepare, and it’s the ideal comfort food. Be sure to check out my lightened up variation as well.

Croque Monsieur

Cook Time:

6 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


4 servings


1⁄2 cup milk 125 mL
2 eggs, lightly beaten 2
8 slices white or French bread (1⁄2-inch/1 cm thick slices) 8
1⁄3 cup Dijon mustard 75 mL
8 ounce thinly sliced ham 250 g
8 ounce Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced 250 g
1 tablespoon butter 15 mL


1. In a shallow dish, whisk together milk and eggs. Set aside.

2. Place bread slices on a work surface. Spread mustard equally over 4 bread slices. Arrange ham and cheese equally over mustard and top with remaining bread slices, pressing together gently. Dip sandwiches, one at a time, in milk mixture turning to coat.

3. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Fry sandwiches for 3 minutes per side or until golden. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Tip: This would also be great using an 8 oz (250 g) party bread loaf or any small bread for appetizers.

Variation: To lighten, substitute low-fat milk for the milk and 2 egg whites for the eggs.

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

18 thoughts on “Croque Monsieur Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. I’ve made some sandwiches this month especially for National Grilled Cheese month and one thing that’s happened is I’m reminded how much I love this sandwich even if scaled up a bit from those simple ones from childhood. This looks fabulous..I’ve got the cheese; I must make it!

  2. Mmmmm! So glad to have found an easy recipe for this tasty French sandwich. The last time I had one was when I was visiting Paris. Grabbed it quick and cheap from a corner sandwich shop and ate it while sitting in the sun along the Seine. It was the best one I’d ever had! Croque Monsieur will be forever linked to that afternoon in my memory!

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