Croque Monsieur (French Grilled Ham & Cheese)
Take your traditional grilled cheese to a whole new level. Add smoked ham, Gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard, fresh chives, and nutmeg to create a French-inspired grilled cheese that just may be your new favorite.
Ingredients & Instructions
- 16 oz. Frick’s Applewood ham slices
- 8 slices country bread
- 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Gruyere Cheese Sauce:
- 10 oz. Gruyere cheese (2 oz. shredded, 8 oz. sliced)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tablespoon nutmeg
- 1 cup milk
Make Gruyere Cheese Sauce:
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. flour and stir.
Microwave for 10 seconds, stir. Slowly add milk while stirring. Microwave on high for 1 minute stopping to stir every 20 seconds.
Add Dijon mustard, nutmeg, and 2 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese. Stir. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals stopping to stir after each interval until cheese is melted and sauce is well combined.
To Assemble Sandwich:
Drizzle cheese sauce on bread to cover one side. Sprinkle 1/2 Tbsp. chopped chives on top of all slices of sauce drizzled bread. Place 2 oz. sliced Gruyere cheese on top of half the slices of drizzled bread. Place 4 oz., approximately 4 slices, Applewood ham on top of cheese. Place remaining slices of drizzled bread, sauce side down, on top of ham.
Liberally butter top and bottom of sandwich and place into Panini maker or skillet. Grill sandwiches for 3 minutes in Panini maker, or 3 minutes per side in skillet. Remove from Panini maker or skillet and allow to cool 2 minutes before cutting.
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