This French favorite is easy to make, inexpensive and delicious. You might remember croque monsieur from the movie, It’s Complicated… when Jane (Meryl Streep) made it for dinner with Adam (Steve Martin)… but it was Jake (Alex Baldwin) who sneaked into the house afterwards and found the leftovers! You might also know it as a Monte Cristo sandwich (in some restaurants, it’s even served with syrup!).

 Croque Monsieur

4 slices bread                          
Dijon mustard, to taste                       
2 to 4 thin slices cooked ham                                  
2 slices Gruyere cheese (or grated Gruyere) 
2 eggs                        
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk                             
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

Makes 2 servings.

Spread two slices of bread with mustard. Place one or two slices of ham and a slice of cheese (or 1/3 cup (75 mL) grated cheese) on each slice of bread. Top with remaining bread.

Whisk together eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Dip sandwiches into egg mixture, coating both sides well. Lift out and place in the skillet. Cook each sandwich on both sides until golden brown.