Open Faced Croque Monsieur

A few weeks ago I had the most amazing Croque Monsieur for lunch.  It was incredibly rich, and I savored every bite.  I knew I had to make a version of it at home.  I went for an open faced croque monsieur.  It surprisingly easy and absolutely delicious.  I used some large french rolls for the base of the sandwich.  The béchamel sauce sounds super fancy and hard, but it is just a quick white sauce.  The most expensive part of this recipe is the gruyere cheese.  It was about $7 for 8 ounces at Publix.  If you don’t want to spend the money, you can substitute swiss cheese.  I used gruyere and used the leftover cheese in some mac and cheese. Either way, these sandwiches are not to be missed!

Open Faced Croque Monsieur
(Printable Recipe)

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 ½ cups milk
2 cups gruyere cheese, divided
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

4 large French rolls or hamburger buns
2 Tbsp butter, softened
3 Tbsp honey mustard dressing (O’Charley’s)
24 slices thinly sliced deli ham

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute, slowly whisk in milk. Continue stirring until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt, pepper, and 1 cup of the gruyere cheese.  Set aside.

Slice rolls in half and spread butter over each half.  In a medium skillet, grill each bun half, butter side down, until lightly brown.  Spread honey mustard over each roll half. Place into lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Top each bun half with 3 slices deli ham. Pour cheese sauce over top of all rolls and sprinkle with remaining gruyere cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes until hot and bubbly.

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  1. ohhh, that is my absolute favorite sandwich and I think doing it open face is brilliant. Thanks for a super recipe

  2. These look and sound fabulous!!! Love it being open faced. You sure can't beat a croque monsieur….so good!! Thanks for sharing your great recipe!! N.

  3. We made Croque Madame's last winter but our Monsieur phase wasn't in the same league with what you've made and I can see why you savored every bite – this is on my must try soon list.

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