It is the year 1901 in Paris. A certain Michel Lunarca just opened a new bistro (bar, restaurant).


The high society rushed there even though its owner had a strange reputation as a cannibal (a reputation that was probably spread by jealous competitors). One day, there is no more bread at the bistro. Michel Lunarca serves sandwiches with toasted sandwich bread. When a customer asks him what meat he has filled these sandwiches with, Michel Lunarca answers with malice: "Of course, sir's meat! "The audience laughs. The next day, the "croque-monsieur" is written on the bistro menu. (croque-monsieur mean bitten sir).


2 slices of sandwich bread                          

12.5 g soft butter

1 slice of ham                                              

2 slices of  cheese

25 g grated ementale cheese                        

1 tablespoon milk

1 pinch of nutmeg              




Step 1  Butter the 2 slices of sandwich bread on one side only. Place 1 slice of cheese on each slice of sandwich bread. Place 1 slice of ham folded in half on one slice of sandwich bread. Cover with the other sandwiches (unbuttered side above).

Step 2  In a bowl, mix the grated cheese with the milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Step 3  Spread the mixture over the sandwich.

Step 4  Place on a baking sheet under the grill for 10 minutes.


you can modify this recipe as you wish, for example, add an egg on it and it is called a croque-madame !


Written by: Germain

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