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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 550 kcal
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

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

Recipe 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 Facts
Croque Monsieur Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.