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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.

Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 00 min
Total Time 20 min
Serves 4 people
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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:

Step 1

Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. flour and stir.

Step 2

Microwave for 10 seconds, stir. Slowly add milk while stirring. Microwave on high for 1 minute stopping to stir every 20 seconds.

Step 3

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:

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

A Chef Peter Rumbolo Creation

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