Looking for a tasty alternative to cheese on toast? Whip up this quick and easy croque monsieur as the perfect meal or snack for the whole family.
- 40g (1½ oz) butter, softened
- 4 thick slices white bread
- 1 heaped tsp plain flour
- 5tbsp milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 2tsp Dijon mustard
- 75g (2½oz) Comte or Emmental cheese (available from supermarkets), grated
- 4 slices oak-smoked ham, or gammon
Butter all 4 slices of bread on just one side with half the butter and put them (butter-side down) on a board.
Melt the rest of the butter in a small pan over a medium heat and add the flour, stir gently until blended. Then add the milk gradually to make a thick sauce.
Take off the heat, add the egg yolk, mustard and grated cheese and beat until smooth.
Spread a little of the cheese mixture thinly over 2 unbuttered sides of the bread and spread the rest thickly on the other 2 slices. Fold the slices of ham and arrange them on top of the thickly-spread slices. Then place the other slices of bread on top of each, buttered side up, to make sandwiches. Press down lightly.
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and cook sandwiches for about 3 mins each side, until golden and crisp. Take out and cut into triangles. Serve immediately. (Not suitable for freezing).
Top tip for making Quick croque monsieur
Woman's Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon says: If you haven’t time to make the cheese sauce, spread some mustard on the bread, then pile up with grated cheese and then the ham.