Monte Cristo-Style Croque Monsieur

monte cristo style croque monsieur
  • 4Servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 12 deli-thin slices baked ham
  • 4 slices emmentaler Swiss cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)


In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then 1 cup milk. Bring to a gentle boil; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook for 2 minutes to thicken. Off the heat, stir in the mustard.

Spread the bread with the sauce, then layer 4 slices with the ham, cheese and remaining bread.

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining 1/2 cup milk. In a nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Soak 2 sandwiches in the egg mixture. Add the sammies to the skillet and cook, turning once, until golden, about 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining butter and sammies.

In a bowl, toss the arugula, lemon juice and EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the sammies.