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Croque Monsieur


For the béchamel sauce:

  • Place a pot over low heat.
  • Add the butter and let it melt while gently stirring with a whisk.  Add the bay leaf to give the béchamel a nice aroma.
  • Add the flour and start to whisk. Add the milk in 3 batches while stirring continuously.
  • As soon as ¾ of the milk is absorbed, add the remaining milk and whisk.
  • When the mixture is smooth and creamy, remove the bay leaf. Add some pepper. Remove from heat and whisk.
  • Add the grated parmesan, reserving 1 handful for the end of the recipe. Whisk to combine.

For the croque monsieur:

  • Preheat oven to 200* c (390* F) Fan.
  • Cut the top of the crust off of the loaf of bread (fresh or stale). This will give you a nice base for the béchamel sauce. Then cut the loaf in half, lengthwise and open it up.
  • Spread the Dijon on one side of the loaf.
  • Add some finely chopped thyme, (or whatever other herbs you like) strips of ham, grated gruyere and some pieces of butter.
  • Cover with other side of the loaf and press down on the bread with your hands. Place some more pieces of butter over the top. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in a baking pan lined with parchment paper, until the cheese melts and turns golden, for about 10 min.
  • When ready, remove from oven. While the béchamel sauce is still hot, spread half of it inside the loaf and the other half over the top, as the croquet monsieur is traditionally made.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining grated parmesan over the top.
  • Bake for another 15-17 minutes or until the béchamel turns golden.
  • Remove from oven. Sprinkle with pepper and thyme and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices.
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Nutrition information per 100 gr.

Calories (kcal)
13 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
26 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
56 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
5 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
2 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
27 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
3 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
23 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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