surprise sunday breakfast #8: croque monsieur

by - 08:00

Wow. It has been ages since my last Surprise Sunday Breakfast! Apologies for that. While I cannot promise that this will make their weekly appearance, I can certainly try, especially on the days that I'm not working! That being said, I know this isn't exactly a breakfast food. I guess it could pass off as brunch, instead. In any case, say bonjour to Le Croque Monsieur -- a super gourmet French fast-food sandwich. So gourmet, in fact, that it's smothered in a Béchamel sauce and a fork and knife are required! Oh, the French. How classy can they be? Bon appetit!

  • 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


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. 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.

3. Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened.

4. Turn off the heat and add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.

5. 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.

6. Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere.

7. 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.

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


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  1. that looks so delicious! too bad this morning coffee is all i can muster!

    buon appetito!

  2. Oh wow, Ina has the best recipes, no? This looks delicious. If I can have some kind of sauce on my breakfast, I'm set!

  3. Oh YUM i LOVE Croque Monsieurs! Actually I love Croque Madames b/c the fried egg is genius. ;)

  4. oh you bet i am making this.

  5. Oh, that sounds so good right now!

  6. I love croque monsiers and madams!


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