Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Croque-Monsieur)

Simplifying the classic without sacrificing taste, this version is great for those seeking a less rich alternative. The egg and heavy cream mixture adds a delightful texture and golden color, offering a new way to enjoy this French favorite.

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Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Croque-Monsieur)

This twist on the classic Croque-Monsieur ditches the traditional béchamel sauce for a lighter, yet equally delicious, mixture of beaten egg and heavy cream. Perfect for a hassle-free dinner, snack, or even brunch, this version maintains the beloved flavors of the original with a simpler preparation method.
The Croque Monsieur is a quintessential French bistro sandwich, first appearing on menus in the early 20th century. This version takes a modern, easier approach while keeping the essence of this beloved dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • non-stick frying pan (or skillet)
  • mixing bowl


  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 slices uncured ham
  • butter
  • black pepper


  • Prep the Egg Mixture: In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and heavy cream together until well combined. Season with a pinch of pepper.
  • Assemble the Sandwiches: Lay out two slices of bread. Butter them. Top on slice of bread with 1 slice of swiss cheese, 1 slice of ham and another slice of swiss cheese. Place the remaining bread slice on top.
  • Coat the Sandwiches: Dip each sandwich into the egg and heavy cream mixture, ensuring both sides are well-coated.
  • Cook: Heat a knob of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the sandwiches. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Serve: Allow to cool slightly before cutting in half. Serve warm with a side of salad.


  • For added flavor, consider including a teaspoon of Dijon mustard inside the sandwich before cooking.
  • Experiment with different cheeses to find your preferred taste; a mix of Gruyère and Emmental or Comté cheese offers a wonderful depth of flavor.
  • Serve with a side of mixed greens for a complete and balanced meal.
Keyword Croque-monsieur

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