The other day it occured to me that one of my favorite sandwiches was featured in one of my favorite movies.... IMAGINE THAT! The movie? "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

The Sandwich? Croque Monsieur, basically a ham and cheese sandwich with a Bechamel and melted gruyere topping. It's very, very decadent and very, very good. If you were to top this sandwich with a fried egg it would become a "Croque Madame", oui? To Make One, It's NOT Complicated, Just use:
1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano (grated)
1/2 cup gruyere (grated)
1/4 cup Bechamel Sauce
2 slices bread
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
3 slices hamDirections:
Preheat oven to 400°F
Melt half of the Gruyère and all of the parmigiano-reggiano into the Bechamel sauce.
Toast bread in oven
Spread Dijon mustard on one slice of bread
Add the ham slices and about half of the remaining Gruyère cheese
Top with the other toasted bread slice
Spoon the Bechamel sauce onto the top of the sandwich
Sprinkle with the remaining Gruyère cheese
Place on a broiling pan and bake in the oven for 5 minutes
Turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 5 minutes. (Until the cheese topping is bubbly and lightly browned.)


  1. Okay, I haven't seen this movie yet and even though it's the next on my Netflix list, I want to see it even more now.

    That sandwich is stunning.

  2. Dear Lord I forgot about this sandwich! In the movie, you can hear the fantastically crispy, buttery, cheesey sandwich as they cut it with a fork. YUMMY! I want one....or two...

  3. ur so frikin awesome. i flipin love this blog. other people r missin the sandwich boat. baby. love you.

  4. too funny...I was just watching this movie and my mouth was watering when they were eating these sandwiches...well now I know what they are! Thanks. Cute blog!

  5. Howdy. This sandwich is one of my favorite supper snacks, a local restaurant only starts serving this at 10:30PM as part of their supper menu. I'm actually craving one now after reading this.

    Very cute blog BTW ^_-
    - The Pantsless Chef

  6. Always the nail on the head.
    This sandwich is still a huge seller in all the small cafes in France but it is never served the same way. It really is just a ham and cheese grilled sandwich. I think that is what the original concept was. I have seen over the past 15 years or so that it is covered in bechamel and cheese and finished in the oven. This makes for a great meal in itself and is wonderful with a small salad as an accompaniement.
    It is even popular in the middle east but we had to substitue chicken for ham.
    I also watched that film the other night and was impressed with the choice of sandwich.
    Croque Monsieur sales will be going up for a while.
    Another great post here.

  7. LOVE that movie (just watched it last night) and LOVE that sandie!


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