Vegetarian Croque-Monsieur

In high school I took four years of French and my taste buds were constantly tantalized by the wide variety of textures and tastes available in French food. Enter the croque-monsieur. This sandwich is a delectable version of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, but since this is a vegetarian blog and I don't eat ham, I decided to tackle this recipe vegetarian style. You can find the original post at Not a Leaf.

-2 tablespoons butter, plus another tablespoon to spread on the bread
-1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
-1 cup milk (I used nonfat)
-1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
-1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper each
-4 slices French loaf
-4-6 oz. Gruyere cheese (cut into slices, and some grated)
-1 tomato, thinly sliced
-2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Slice the bread and tomato, grate the cheese.
Melt the butter.
Stir in the flour and stir for thirty seconds.
Add the milk and stir until the mixture thickens and forms a sauce.
In a large skillet build sandwiches, butter on the skillet side of the bread.
Spread mustard on all sandwiches. 
Top with cheese.
Add tomato, top with more cheese and a slice of buttered bread.
You don't want to cook the sandwiches all the way, but you want to get the sandwiches crisp.
Place the sandwiches on a lined baking sheet.
Top with the beschamel sauce.
Bake for 5-10 minutes.
Broil for 3-5 minutes with the oven door open.
Broil the sandwiches with the door opened until the top is golden brown.

This sandwich was so tasty, this is the food that dreams are made of. There is cheese on the inside, there is cheese on the outside, it was crunchy, chewy and cheesy all at the same time. This recipe was so awesome. If you get a chance make this sandwich and you will not be disappointed. This is one of my favorite blogs now.


  1. Alecia, a big merci for starting the French fete off! HOpe thinkgs are going well for you.

    1. Merci beaucoup for hosting Food on Friday! Things are going great for me this summer, I hope all is well with you!

  2. That picture is mouth-watering! This is a must-try

    1. Thank you!! If you try the recipe, stop back and let me know what you thought :)


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