Quick Croque-Monsieurs

Quick Croque-Monsieurs

Croque-monsieurs are a fantastic quick recipe to have up your sleeve. I used to eat them for lunch from the local bakery, but more recently, they were a treat when we hosted a family brunch. Plus, you can make a thwack of them at the same time… and you get to sound very dignified every time you call these a “croque-monsieur” instead of a “cheese and ham toastie.”

Follow these instructions loosely and you’ll have something delicious no matter what variations your tastebuds demand.

Pro tip: Make this into a croque-madame by adding a fried egg!




Makes: As many as you care to fit on a platter
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy


  • Nice loaf of sourdough bread, sliced
  • 500 g (approximately 1 lb) piece of cured ham
  • Gruyere or Emmental cheese (or a medium-bodied cheddar in a pinch)
  • Dijon and a bit of mayonnaise

Heat oven to about 350 F / 180 C. Slice ham thickly to about half a centimetre or 1/4″ thick. Pop your bread onto a cookie tray and warm up in the oven until very lightly toasted. Mix about 1 tbsp Dijon with 1-2 tsp mayonnaise, and spread liberally on the warmed bread (you might need to mix more depending on how many you are making). Add a piece of ham and a slice of cheese, then pop back into the oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and oozy.

Enjoy with tea or coffee.

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