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Croque Monsieur Grilled Cheese

A perfect grilled cheese sandwich smothered in creamy, cheesy béchamel sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 550kcal
Author foodnessgracious

Ingredients

For The Bechamel Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon butter- divided
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Grana Parma- divided
  • Salt and pepper

For The Sandwich

  • 2 slices french crusty bread
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 slices smoked ham
  • 3 slices Belgioioso Provolone Cheese- divided

Instructions

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small pan.
  • Add the flour and whisk over a low heat for about two minutes.
  • Gradually add the milk, whisking after each addition to get rid of the lumps (see notes)
  • Add the 1/4 cup of Grana Parma and whisk until smooth, season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread one slice of the bread with the mustard.
  • Melt the other tablespoon of butter in a pan large enough to hold both slices of the bread and preheat your broiler to high.
  • Lay the ham on top of the mustard followed by 2 slices of the provolone.
  • Place both slices of the bread into the melted butter and toast for about 1 minute on low.
  • Place the pan under the broiler to melt the provolone topped sandwich, about 30 seconds.
  • Take the pan from the broiler and place the empty piece of bread on top of the ham/cheese piece.
  • Place the remaining slice of Provolone on top of the sandwich.
  • Pour the béchamel over the top of the sandwich and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons Grana Parmesan.
  • Place back under the broiler until the top starts to bubble. Watch it carefully.
  • Serve at once.

Notes

As the béchamel sauce cools, it may thicken. Just add a few drops of milk and whisk to bring it back to a pourable consistency. It should be creamy but able to fall from a spoon when scooped.

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal