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.

Prep Time:

20 min

Cook Time:

00 min

Total Time:

20 min


4 people

Croque Monsieur (French Grilled Ham & Cheese)


  • 16 oz. Frick’s Applewood Flavor Infused Ham
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 8 slices country bread
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


Gruyere Cheese Sauce:

Melt 2 Tsp butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 Tsp 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 Tsp chopped chives on top of all slices of sauce drizzled bread. Place 2 oz. sliced Gruyere cheese on top of each of the other 1/2 of 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 skillets Grill sandwiches for 3 minutes, in Panini maker, or 3 minutes per side, in skillet. Remove from Panini maker and allow to cool 2 minutes before cutting.

A Chef Peter Rumbolo Creation


Food Pairing

Tomato soup.