Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Croque Monsieur and a Murder at the Matterhorn

Toasted slices of French Bread smothered with slices of Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Bechamel.  Ooh La La......

Croque Monsieur

This sandwich is a great way to use up some of your leftover Easter ham this year.......

While reading this 5th book of the Dan Armstrong cozy mystery series, Armstrong stops on his way to the Matterhorn where a murder has occurred to have lunch.  He orders a Croque Monsieur.

Murder at the Matterhorn

I had heard of Croque Monsieur but had never tried one. It is like having an amped-up grilled ham and cheese sandwich.  It is very rich and elegant.  I used sliced deli ham on this sandwich but I look forward to trying it with thicker slices of leftover Easter Ham.

Dan Armstrong is a retired British police detective living in Italy and now working as a Private Investigator with his sidekick, Oscar, a black lab he acquired in the first book of this series.

In this story, Dan and Oscar head to the Matterhorn where a murder has taken place when a group of UFO enthusiasts gather to a suspected UFO landing site.  

Dan and Oscar are met with a varied group of ufologists one of whom is a murderer, unless you want to believe their story of a UFO landing and the death being caused by the blast of it taking off again.

Like all of the mysteries in this series, Dan figures out the truth with his trusty companion, while enjoying wonderful food and wine.

Croque Monsieur

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Entrees, Sandwich, Ham, Bechamel, Lunch
Entrees, Lunch
Yield: 2 sandwiches
Author: Wendy Klik
Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur

Toasted slices of French Bread smothered with slices of Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Bechamel. Ooh La La......
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • 4 slices French Bread
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 6 oz. sliced ham
  • 2 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese


  1. Smear two Tablespoons of the butter onto both sides of the bread slices. Place onto a baking pan covered with foil. Season with pepper and place under a broiler until lightly toasted on each side. Set aside.
  2. Melt the remaining two Tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan until foamy. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute, then slowly drizzle in the milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Off heat, stir in the mustard and nutmeg.
  3. Cover one side of each slice of bread with two Tablespoons of the Bechamel, cover with 1/4 of the ham. Stack on top of each other making two sandwiches.
  4. Sprinkle with the Gruyere Cheese and any remaining Bechamel sauce.
  5. Place under the broiler until hot and bubbly.


Recipe adapted from one found in Cuisine at Home

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

53.95 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

28.09 g

Carbs (grams)

80.87 g

Fiber (grams)

4.22 g

Net carbs

76.63 g

Sugar (grams)

13.73 g

Protein (grams)

46.36 g

Sodium (milligrams)

2294.74 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

159.28 mg


  1. Yum, yum!! I do like a good Croque Monsieur, or a Croque Madame which is similar but with an egg on top. I have, however, had some pretty average croques too.

    1. This was my first experience with them. I was surprised at how rich they are.


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