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Croque Monsieur


  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 slices firm white sandwich bread
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced Black Forest Ham
  • 8 slices (1/2 oz. each) Gruyère cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh chives


  • 1. Melt 2 Tbsp. of the butter in small saucepan on medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually whisk in milk. Add nutmeg and bay leaf. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently; keep warm. Discard bay leaf when ready to use.
  • 2. Preheat salamander or broiler. Top 2 of the bread slices evenly with ham and sliced cheese. Cover with remaining bread slices. Brush outside of sandwiches with remaining 1 Tbsp. of butter. Cook sandwiches in large skillet on medium heat 2 minutes per side or until bread is golden brown.
  • 3. Place sandwiches on half sheet pan. Spoon sauce evenly over sandwiches; sprinkle with grated cheese. Broil 30 to 45 seconds or until cheese begins to brown. Sprinkle evenly with chives; cut sandwiches in half and serve.
  • Nutritional information per serving: Calories 815; Total Fat 48g; Saturated Fat 28g;
  • Trans. Fat 1g; Cholesterol 152mg; Sodium 1401mg; Total Carbohydrate 54g; Dietary Fiber 2g;
  • Total Sugars 16g; Protein 39g