How do you prepare a crispy brunch full of flavor?

Hungry and want a quick meal that’s also full of flavor? In this case, there is no better idea than preparing a croque-monsieur recipe in the oven! Crunchy and melty at the same time, this dish is undoubtedly one of our favourites. Below is a great recipe that you can whip up in no time, along with the most common mistakes that can ruin the final taste. Avoid them to get a true chef’s taste.

Croque monsieur recipe in the oven

The croque monsieur has never been a simple sandwich. It’s a great meal that you can quickly prepare after work for your family or friends. And if you choose the right products, we promise you a real gourmet fiesta.

Ingredients for 6 sandwiches

  • 12 slices of white bread
  • 12 slices of ham
  • 170 g grated Gruyère cheese
  • 240 ml whole milk
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 whole cloves
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of ground white pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • a pinch of salt

Preparation of bechamel

croque monsieur in bechamel oven

  1. Take the onion slice and pierce it with cloves as shown in the picture above. Then put it in a pan with the butter and let it melt over low heat.
  2. After a few minutes, add the milk, spices, bay leaf and thyme sprig and bring to the boil.
  3. Allow the herbs to release their aroma, then remove them with the onion.
  4. Then add the flour and whisk quickly to avoid lumps. Whisk until the sauce thickens and coats the back of the spoon.

Preparing croque-monsieur in the oven

Preparing croque-monsieur in the oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C on grill mode if you have one.
  2. Place half of the bread on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  3. Then put a thin layer of bechamel on the bread.
  4. Then put the ham, the cheese and pour a little more bechamel on the cheese. Then cover with the second slice of bread. Finish with another generous layer of cheese on top and bake until the cheese is melted and golden.

You can cut the ham into small pieces using a chopper instead of using slices.

Mistakes that absolutely must be avoided

easy croque monsieur recipe

The recipe for croque-monsieur in the oven is very simple. You can prepare it even faster if you omit the bechamel sauce. However, some simple mistakes can spoil the final taste, so they are best avoided. Here they are :

⇒ Let’s start with the ingredients. Making a sandwich doesn’t mean you can use the kind of products you have. So, first of all, use a bread from the local bakery, not the American sandwich bread. Believe me, they have nothing in common! As for the cheese, you can use Emmental or Compté, but the best for the baked croque monsieur recipe is Gruyère.

⇒ When assembling the sandwich, pay attention to the amount of sauce you put. If it’s too much (or too runny), you’ll have to skip the crispiness of the croque monsieur.

⇒ If you don’t have a baking tray with a wire rack, use the oven rack, but place a tray underneath if the melted cheese starts to fall out. It is also a good idea to put a piece of baking paper. It will save you time cleaning the dish. If you use a conventional baking tray, you stop the ventilation and the croque monsieur will not be crispy.

⇒ If you do not have time to prepare a bechamel sauce, it is better to do without it than to add a commercial product.

What accompaniment with a croque-monsieur?

recipe croque monsieur in the oven how to serve

Croque-monsieur is a dish that pleases the whole family. For brunch, lunch or dinner, you can always accompany it with a fresh salad or a seasonal drink to enhance the taste. Personally, I love the combination with a sparkling elderflower lemonade. But you can also try the classic mimosa or the bellini cocktail.

To add more nutritional value to your croque monsieur, consider preparing a dish with raw vegetables. The mix of colors and the boosting dose of vitamins can turn a simple sandwich into a great idea for an aperitif. In this case, choose mini versions by cutting the bread slices into 4 equal pieces.

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