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Croque monsieur

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
From The Restaurant
So easy and comforting, this toasted ham and cheese is a quick supper for watching telly and drinking cold beer.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Spread half a teaspoon of mustard over each slice of bread. Top two of the slices with half of the grated cheese followed by a slice of ham each, then finish with the remaining cheese on top. Sandwich together with the other two slices of bread.

  3. Heat the butter in a large frying pan until foaming, then add the sandwiches and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown.

  4. Transfer the sandwiches to a baking tray and place into the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

  5. Place the sandwiches on a serving plate, slice each sandwich in half and serve immediately.


  • 4 slices wholemeal bread
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 80g/3oz grated Gruyère cheese
  • 2 slices ham
  • 30g/1½oz unsalted butter

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