Croque Monsieur – The Glorified Ham and Grilled Cheese

Using Moscow style ham takes this sandwich into the stratosphere!
Croque Monsieur

Last Updated on December 20, 2020

Croque MonsieurHam and Cheese? Really?

The Croque Monsieur is a French bistro sandwich, so we bring the French cheese and the Russian ham together on French Pullman  bread for an absolutely sublime sandwich.

Not to get political here, but I happen to live in a neighborhood that has Russian style ham, that I love because it has very good flavor, thinly sliced, not watery like most American ham.  Then, when I went to get Russian ham, the store I went to didn’t have any, but that had something even better, Moscow style ham.  The Moscow ham has a peppered outside and whole pieces of garlic studded inside.  When you get a paper-thin slice of ham, you might also get a paper-thin slice of roasted garlic, too.  It is unimaginably good!

This kind of truly special ham deserves a really good cheese.  You may have heard of Jarlsberg, which is a quite good Swiss type of cheese, firm and nutty in flavor.  There is one that I like better, Madrigal, a French cheese, almost the same as Jarlsberg, but has more of a buttery flavor. It’s wonderful sliced thin with the Moscow ham.

I recently started baking Pain de Mie, a French sandwich bread, cooked in a special square Pullman, that makes sandwich bread, great for toasting and grilling.  It’s a perfect for this sandwich.

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur - The Glorified Ham and Cheese Grilled Sandwich

Using Moscow style ham takes this sandwich into the stratosphere!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: French
Servings (slide to adjust): 2 sandwiches


  • 4 slices Moscow ham
  • 2 sliced Madrigal cheese
  • 4 slices Pain de Mie
  • 2 tablespoons good mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or Russian mustard
  • 1 teaspoon butter, cut into quarters
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Mix the mustard and mayonnaise together and spread on one side of each slice of bread.
  • Put 1 slice of ham on each piece of bread, folded.
  • Break apart a slice of the cheese, and put half on the ham, then top with more ham. The pieces of cheese are large, so don't worry about being skimpy.
  • Have ready a good cast iron or stainless steel skillet. Heat the skillet on medium.
  • Put 2 of the pieces of butte that you cut, let it melt, then put the sandwich on the butter.
  • Reduce the flame to low immediately and cook, covered, for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bread has browned. Turn over and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, cut and serve.
  • These are excellent with a pickle.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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