Recipe: Croque Monsieur

Croque monsieur with its oozing cheese and ham satisfied those who had had an extra big night out

Croque Monsieur. Picture / Babiche Martens.

Makes 4

• 1 Tbsp butter
• 1 Tbsp flour
• 1 cup milk
• 150g gruyere, grated
• Pinch nutmeg
• Salt and pepper
• 8 slices thick chunky white bread
• 2 tsp dijon mustard
• 4 slices ham off the bone

1. Melt butter in a small pot. Add flour, stir and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Slowly add milk, stirring until the sauce has thickened. Add ½ cup gruyere, season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Spread four pieces of bread with mustard, top with a slice of ham and grated cheese. Place the remaining bread on top. Melt butter in a frying pan and brown sandwiches on both sides. Place on a baking tray.

3. Preheat a grill to hot. Cover the top of the sandwiches with cheese sauce and a sprinkling of extra gruyere. Place them under the grill until golden and bubbling. Eat while hot.

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