Traditional Croque Monsieur (Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich)

Croque Monsieur sliced, on plate
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
526 Calories
41g Fat
8g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Amount per serving
Calories 526
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 24g 118%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 1074mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 31g
Calcium 855mg 66%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This traditional Croque Monsieur recipe is the closest version of the original sandwich served in Parisian cafes in the early 1900’s. It’s a perfect match for a steaming bowl of Provencal tomato rice soup.


  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 4 ounces baked ham (thinly sliced)
  • 2 1/2 cups Gruyère cheese (grated, divided)
  • 4 tablespoons butter (softened)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the broiler to the lowest heat setting.

  2. Evenly divide and spread the mustard on 4 slices of bread.

  3. Place a few slices of ham, followed by 1/2 cup Gruyere, on the mustard-side of the bread.

  4. Cover the cheese with the remaining slices of bread and spread the butter on the outside surfaces of the sandwiches.

  5. Place the sandwiches on an ungreased baking sheet and broil for about 5 minutes, turn them over, cover with the remaining cheese, and continue cooking until they are crispy and golden brown, about 5 additional minutes.

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