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
- 4 slices gruyere cheese
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- fresh ground black pepper
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve immediately.