Throughout Paris, stylish women can be seen lounging in bistros, nibbling on the decadent Croque Monsieur. With its sweet honey ham and melted layers of aged Gruyère, it’s really a sophisticated twist on the classic grilled ham and cheese.
Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Photography Cory Aronec.

Recipe & food styling Marisa Curatolo. Photography Cory Aronec.

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for spreading
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 slices firm white bread
  • 8 ounces honey ham, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces Gruyère or Swiss cheese, sliced plus 1/2 cup, shredded


Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Add milk and cook, whisking constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and add Gruyère, salt and pepper; set aside to cool.

To assemble sandwich, layer 4 bread slices with ham and Gruyère. Top with remaining 4 bread slices. Spread sandwiches with butter. Brown in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, 2 minutes per side. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet; spoon cheese sauce on each sandwich; sprinkle with remaining cheese and broil 2 minutes, or until golden.