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croque-monsieur montréal style

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Creamy, cheesy and smoky, this sandwich is unbelievably delicious! It is quick & easy to make plus it's packed with flavor!

yield 4 sandwiches
prep time 10 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For croque-monsieur montréal style

  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp
    cold milk
  • 1 pinch
    ground himalayan sea salt
  • 2 c
    gruyère cheese (substitute comté, emmental or swiss cheese), grated and divided
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1/16 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste
  • 1 sm
    pinch ground himalayan sea salt
  • 1/16 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 8 slice
  • 8 lg
    thin slices black forest ham
  • 8 lg
    thin slices montréal smoked meat

How To Make croque-monsieur montréal style

  • 1
    In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk for a few minutes to cook out the raw taste of it. Add 2 tbsp. cold milk, and whisk constantly until the mixture get thick. Then add 1 tbsp. cold milk at a time, whisking between each addition. Continue adding milk until the consistency of the sauce gets creamy and not too thin so it can be spreadable.
  • 2
    Transfer sauce to a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap making sure it touches the surface to prevent skin to form; let it cool off before transferring it to the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 375ºF and line baking sheet with foil; set aside.
  • 4
    In a small bowl, combine grated Gruyère, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper; stir and set aside.
  • 5
    Spread thin layer of cold béchamel on each slice, keeping a little to spread on 4 slices later. Place a couple slices of smoked meat on 4 slices of bread before adding some cheese mixture; keep some to add on 4 slices later. Place ham on top of the cheese mixture before placing the top slice. Press down and spread more béchamel sauce on top of those 4 slices. Add the remaining cheese and place sandwiches on the prepared baking sheet.
  • 6
    Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and leave them there until cheese is golden brown, about 3 minutes (keep an eye on them). Remove from the heat, slice and serve immediately. Makes 4 sandwiches
  • 7
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