FRIDAY FOOD FEATURE: Croque – Monsieur Sandwich


Croque – Monsieur Sandwich

The croque-monsieur sandwich originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack, making its first recorded appearance on a Parisian café menu in 1910. It is basically a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, but made with traditional French flair and grilled to crisp perfection (croquer means ‘to crunch’).  This delicious recipe has been provided by the NH Hotel Group in South Africa to which The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town, belongs to.



• 2 slices large ciabatta
• 3 large square slices emmentaler cheese
• 1 thick slice country or gypsy ham
• ½ tsp dijon mustard
• 80 ml cold, thick sauce mornay.

Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West


  1. Lightly toast the ciabatta slices.
  2. Spread the sauce mornay between the two slices of bread.
  3. Place a slice of emmentaler cheese on to each slice.
  4. Place the ham on one side and spread with the dijon mustard.
  5. Close the sandwich and toast in a pan on medium heat until golden and the cheese has just
    started to melt.
  6. Place the 3rd slice of emmentaler on top and flash under a grill for 15 seconds.
  7. Slice into quarters and serve with a salad or sauerkraut. It’s also best enjoyed with a chilled
    pilsner. Enjoy this delicious French snack!

The Lord Charles Hotel, Somserset West

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