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Flavorful Fridays: Croque Monsieur

March 25, 2011

My sister was visiting us earlier this week. She lives several hours away, so the time that we get to share together in the same place is very much enjoyed and treasured. Before she arrived, we planned out what we would do. Most sisters probably plan out things to do and see. My sister and I instead planned out what we would cook and eat. We made my Zucchini and Prosciutto Pasta one night for dinner, and then decided that since the next day’s weather was supposed to be fairly nice, we would take a picnic lunch to eat in the park.

Rather than taking turkey and cheese sandwiches from a local deli, we instead decided to make our own croque monsieur sandwiches. I realize that these are known to be French rather than Italian, but France and Italy are neighbors and the sandwiches were delicious, which is why I am sharing them with you. A croque monsieur is a hot, grilled ham and cheese sandwich, typically using gruyere cheese. Some people also add bechamel sauce to the top, but since we were planning on taking these to the park, we decided against the potential messiness of the bechamel. Monica and I, instead, made our sandwiches with ham, gruyere, Parmesan cheese, and a little dijon mustard before grilling them in a panini maker. We wrapped them in aluminum foil to keep them warm. The croque monsieurs were still warm and crunchy when we got to the park. They were the perfect sandwich to enjoy on a beautiful day in the gardens with my sister.

Sitting in the Italian gardens

Croque Monsieur Sandwich


4 slices of crusty bread (Italian rustic or ciabatta)

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

4 slices ham

6 slices gruyere cheese

6 slices Parmesan cheese


Spread dijon mustard on one side of crusty bread. Place ham and both cheeses on top. Add other piece of bread before placing in panini maker. Bake until cheese begins to melt, about 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy! (Note: these are best served hot.)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Monica permalink
    March 30, 2011 5:46 pm

    So yummy! Best sister lunch ever=)

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