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Croque Monsieur

By The GreenPan Kitchen Team

You don’t need a culinary degree to create the quintessential French ham and cheese sandwich. To save time, we skip the Béchamel sauce and create a battered version fried in butter. Ooh la la!

Croque Monsieur

Yields: 3 servings

Time: 15 minutes prep, 5 minutes cooking, 20 minutes total


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonaise
  • 6 slices country-style French bread or white bread
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 12 slices deli ham
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons butter for frying


  1. Assemble the sandwiches—On a cookie sheet or clean work surface, spread butter evenly on one side of each bread slice. On three slices, spread Dijon over butter. Flip slices over and top with 4 slices of ham. Flip the other three slices over and spread with mayo, then top with 2 slices of Gruyere. Press ham and cheese sides of sandwiches together.
  1. Make the batter—In a 8” x 8” baking pan or other flat-bottomed dish, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, and milk. Set aside.
  1. Fry the sandwiches—Add butter to a large skillet over medium heat. When butter melts, tilt pan to coat evenly. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture and place in skillet. Fry until beautifully browned on both sides—about 2 to 3 minutes per side.


Pardon My French! Croque (pronounced “croak”—like the sound a frog makes) roughly translates to “crunchy bite.”

Mix it Up—Our grilled sandwich works great with other cold cuts and cheeses, too. Swap ham for turkey or chicken and trade Swiss for Gruyère, Gouda, cheddar or even Brie.