The Classic French Bistro Sandwich – Croque Monsieur

The Classic French Bistro Sandwich – Croque Monsieur


Photo by French Tart

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4, Yield: 4 Croque Monsieur

About This Recipe

“My two versions of this classic French café/bistro sandwich – oven baked for large quantities and ease…….or, the traditional frying pan/skillet method! You can always rely upon the French to add a certain “je ne sais quoi” to even the simplest food …including the humble cheese and ham sandwich. The croque-monsieur (which becomes a croque-madame if you top it with a fried egg) is a great favourite in French cafés & bistros, and there are as many methods of crafting it as there are cafés! This one works for me. But, please be warned … it’s not for calorie-counters, the Cholesterol Police or those of a nervous disposition!!”


    • 8 slices white bread
    • 4 ounces butter, softened
    • 4 slices ham
2 of 4The Classic French Bistro Sandwich – Croque Monsieur


  • 4 slices gruyere cheese
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper


  1. Spread the bread with some of the softened butter, make 4 sandwiches, each with one slice of ham and one slice of cheese. Press them firmly together.
  2. Beat the eggs with the water, add the salt and pepper to taste, and dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, coating all sides well.
  3. Heat the rest of the butter in a heavy- bottomed frying pan/skillet, when it has melted and is very hot – but not brown, fry the sandwiches for about 5 – 8 minutes, turning once.
  4. Serve immediately.

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