If you are looking for classic French food,
Forewarned, if you are following my Croque Monsieur Recipe, don’t try to hold back on the butter and the cheese.
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Croque Monsieur vs Croque Madame vs Croque Mademoiselle
Croque, which translates in English as “to bite”, is pronounced as “crok”. The “Monsieur” means “Mister”, referring to a lunchtime meal that the man of the house would have at work. It was first seen on a restaurant menu of a Parisian café in 1910, becoming popular very quickly afterward.
The Croque Madame became popular in the 1960s with the women’s movement. The Croque Madame recipe is the same, except the sandwich is topped off with a fried egg.
There is a rarer “light” version called Croque Mademoiselle, but I confess I have never seen it on a restaurant menu! (See recipe details below.)
And have I mentioned,
If you don’t have a French restaurant nearby, no fear, it is simple enough that you can make it at home.
The French way to eat a
Now, although the Croque Monsieur and
- 2 bread slices
- 2 cheese slices (gruyère or emmental)
- Slice of ham (use sliced chicken or turkey if you don't eat pork)
- 3 table spoons of milk
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of paprika, chives or nutmeg (optional, for extra flavor)
- Take 2 bread slices and liberally butter one side of each.
- Place the cheese slices on each piece of bread, on the buttered side.
- Add a piece of ham on top of the cheese.
- Close the sandwich.
- In a bowl, mix grated cheddar (or gruyère) with milk, salt, and pepper.
- Add paprika, chives, or nutmeg for extra flavor to the mixture.
- Apply the mixture to the top of the sandwich and grill for 10 minutes.
Croque Madame Recipe:
Follow the same Croque Monsieur Recipe as above, and then top off the sandwich with a fried egg or omelet.
Croque Mademoiselle Recipe:
Follow the same Croque Monsieur Recipe as above, but substitute the cheese and butter for cream cheese and the ham for a slice of lighter meat such as chicken or turkey.
Serve warm with salad.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 833Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 2438mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 59g
Other Croque Sandwiches
There are other Croque Monsieur variations as well, as French chefs become more creative.
|Other Croques variations||Recipe Ingredient|
|Croque Provençal||With tomatoes added. (Region of Provence)|
|Croque Auvergnat||With the regional blue cheese Bleu d’Auvergne. (Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)|
|Croque Normand||With potatoes and camambert cheese added. (Region Normandy)|
|Croque Bourguignon||With mustard from Dijon. (Dijon is the capital of the Region Bourgogne)|
|Croque Gallois||Add in beer, a touch of mustard, cayanne pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Also called a Welsh rabbit. (Gallois is French for the home country of Wales).|
|Croque Norvégien||With smoked salmon. (For Norway).|
|Croque Tartiflette||With potatoes added|
|Croque Hawaïen||With a slice of pineapple added (For Hawaii.)|
|Croque Sucré||A dessert where all the ham, butter and cheese is replaced by a sliced banana and chocolate sauce or powder.|
And it’s that simple. I hope you enjoyed that recipe, any other quick French meals that you would like to know more about? Comment below!
A bientôt and bon appétit!
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