Croque monsieur and Croque Madame Secrets

The famous French croque monsieur and Croque madame story. Did you know that those toasted sandwiches first appeared in Paris in the 1900’s. A simple formula that used sliced bread ham, cheese plus an egg for the croque madame. Of course in modern time some other ingredients have been added and one of the most common element found in today’s croque monsieur is the bechamel sauce (white sauce) that sauce is in my view too often neglected and many of us actually don’t even know how to make a more flavoursome version of that sauce. This is why in my latest series of video recipes I have decided to take the plunge and try to explain and demonstrate how croque monsieur and croque madame are made and how they can they be improved. In my latest video I also share some toasted sandwiches suited for vegetarian and for kids. Of course I am not trying to teach anyone how to make a toasted sandwich, but I thought it was good idea to showcase the old versions of the croque monsieur as well as the more modern ones. You will find below the ingredients and the related video tutorials to make those toasted sandwiches.

Enjoy.

Let’s start with the theory:

Croque Monsieur: 5 tips to get them perfect:

Next we look at the old classic recipes:

Croque Monsieur: The Old Versus The New Recipe :

Croque monsieur sandwich is one of the oldest and best known toasted ham and cheese sandwich there is. it is a french recipe that originated from parisian cafe in the 1900 and its simplicity has conquer the world.

today we look at the new (modern) and old recipe of making a croque monsieur using a frying pan as it was done back then. that will give us some crunch. color and goodness in the same time.

Ingredients needed:

– 1 piece of string
– 2 slices of white bread 1.5 cm thick (3/4 of an inch)
– 2 slices of cheese ( emmental, comte cheese or cheddar)
– 1 slice of good quality leg ham (pork ham)

 

 

 

Now let’s look at how to make a good bechamel sauce for our croque monsieur:

When making a croque monsieur it is vital to know:
1/ How to make Bechamel sauce
2 /How to flavour a Bechamel sauce

That will simply and effectively get the quality of your toasted sandwiches ( croque monsieur) a notch above the rest.

ingredients needed for the classic bechamel:

250 ml /1 cup of full cream milk (Whole milk)
20 grams / 1 tablespoon of butter
20 grams /3 tablespoon of flour
For the flavouring:
salt pepper
a pinch of grated nutmeg
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1 bay leave
30 grams of onion ( in one piece)

Ingredients needed for the bechamel I made in this video ( formula 2):

250 ml /1 cup of full cream milk (Whole milk)
20 grams / 1 tablespoon of butter
20 grams /3 tablespoon of flour
For the flavouring:
salt and pepper
a pinch of grated nutmeg
4 to 5 small dry morels mushrooms ( soak them in warm water first for 1 hour)
2 tablespoon of Morels liquor ( the water in which the morels soaked in)
1 bay leave
30 grams of onion ( in one piece)

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Most croque monsieur are made with a classic bechamel sauce that has hardly has any taste and this can be a show stopper for a lot of people that are not particularly fan of that sauce.

In this video we learn how to make a tasty version of the bechamel sauce that you will be able to flavoured with anything you like. I am demonstrating the process of making a mushroom (Morels) bechamel but you can use the same technique and come with your twists on that recipe.

Trust me once you tried it you will never go back to the standard bechamel sauce recipe.

As a bonus I am giving away my signature French toasted sandwich recipe that uses in my view one of the best bechamel or sauce for croque monsieur.

 

It’s now time to learn how to make the real croque monsieur and croque madame:

How To Make Croque Monsieur & Croque Madame Sandwich:
in this video we learn how to make the 2 classic French toasted parisien sandwich the croque monsieur and the croque madame.

These 2 classic French grilled sandwiches are easy and quick to make at home and can be done with any type of oven . Ingredients are key of course so make sure you get the best quality bread, ham and cheese you can get.

ingredients needed for the classic bechamel:

250 ml /1 cup of full cream milk (Whole milk)
20 grams / 1 tablespoon of butter
20 grams /3 tablespoon of flour
For the flavouring:
salt pepper
a pinch of grated nutmeg
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1 bay leave
30 grams of onion ( in one piece)

For the croque monsieur:

2 White bread sliced ( 3/4 inch thick)
plain butter 1 tablespoon ( to spread on the bread)
2 tablespoon of bechamel ( one on each slice)
1 slice of good quality leg ham
comte cheese or other cheese you like

For the croque Madame:
2 white bread sliced ( 3/4 inch thick)
plain butter 1 tablespoon ( to spread on the bread)
2 tablespoon of bechamel ( one on each slice)
1 slice of good quality leg ham
Comte cheese or other cheese you like
1 fried egg
salt and pepper ( optional)

cook the croque monsieur sandwich in the oven:
– Fan forced oven 185 C or 365 F ( with top element on)
– Traditional oven: 200 C or 395 F ( with top element on)

 

What about Kids and vegetarians? don’t worry I was not going to leave you behind and I am preparing a brand new video where I cover 2 vegetarian croque monsieur and a sweet one that will have your kids begging for more… check back this page tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. karoony says:

    Seriously?! Morel infused bechamel and gorgonzola? I am never going back to my old Croque again. YUM! Thank you!

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