Croque monsieur

Whether it's brunch or dinner, this golden and buttery croque monsieur has all the charm of a small French bistro in every bite. If you're looking for a way to make this recipe vegetarian, replace the ham with roasted sliced tomatoes.

Light Bites
Croque monsieur
  • Preparation time 5 mins (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 10 mins (cooking time)
  • Serves 4


For the ​béchamel sauce

  • 200ml milk
  • 20g plain flour 
  • 20g butter 
  • Salt and pepper to season



To build 

  • 40g butter, melted
  • English muffins 
  • 120g sliced ham 
  • 40g Dijon mustard 


To finish

  • 200g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100g grated mozarella
  • ½tsp smoked paprika


  1. For the béchamel sauce, place the butter in a pan over a medium heat, when melted add the flour. Use a spatula, or something similiar, to stir the butter and flour together. Cook for around a minute or until the mixture forms a smooth paste.
  2. Gradually add in the milk a little at a time, stirring between each addition to keep the sauce smooth. Once all the milk is added simmer gently for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper, then leave to cool.
  3. Lay out the muffin halves and brush each with the melted butter. Put under your grill or place on a griddle or hot plate to toast one side.
  4. Turn them over and spread the Dijon mustard on one of the muffin halves. Spread over a little of the béchamel sauce, place the sliced ham on top of the béchamel then sprinkle over some of the Cheddar and mozzarella.
  5. Sanwich the muffins together using the other muffin half to give you four sandwiches.
  6. Spread the remaining béchamel sauce over the top of the muffin and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  7. Place in the oven at 190°C until the tops are golden and bubbling and the muffin is heated through. Remove from the oven.
  8. Place the croque monsieur to the centrre of your serving plates. Dust the tops with some smoked paprika and serve.

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