The Best Ham and Cheese Toasties

Hello Dear Reader,


I have wanted to try making these Croc Monsieur for such a long time and finally last week I got my chance. I had baked a ham, a small, boneless piece, last Tuesday in a Maple Syrup, Mustard and Brown Sugar glaze and had a few slices left over. Well, I hid those slices in a container in the veggie draw, from the boys, as anything not nailed down is fair game for lunches or snacks, especially if it involves meat.

It is really just a fancy cheese and ham toastie with a gorgeous cheese sauce over the top and grilled, it-was-heaven, I tell you.

Ingredients for Croc Monsieur, clockwise from top right-2 cups milk, warmed, 250 grams of ham slices (I cut mine into batons to go further), 40 grams of plain flour, 40 grams of butter, Dijon mustard, 2 cups of grated cheese of choice, 1 cup for the cheese sauce and 1 cup for the actual filling of the ham and cheese toasties. I used tasty as that is what we like, but traditionally you use Gruyere plus bread of choice

First make your cheese sauce in the usual way, set aside to cool slightly

Generously spread one side of the bread with Dijon mustard

Top with ham and cheese

Sandwich together and then dollop and spread the slightly cooled cheese sauce over the top, grill until starting to take on some colour

And serve immediately

This quantity made 5 rounds of Croc Monsieur, I made 2 more rounds a little later in the evening, when our son got home. Easy, delicious and a bit luxurious. 

Do you need to "hide" or squirrel away food at your place? And have you made this gorgeous toastie before? What about Croc Madame?

Have a lovely day
💗Fi

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8 comments

  1. Sometimes I think my blogger friends and I live parallel lives...On Saturday night it was just the kids and I at home, I didn't feel like cooking a 'proper' dinner, so I made Welsh Rarebit, which is like you said, basically fancy cheese on toast! I've wanted to make it for ages, but never really thought too until Sat night. Gosh it went down a treat, my 13 year old had 5 slices!!! You make a cheesy sauce with butter, dijon, Worcestershire sauce, cheese and a couple of tablespoons of beer! So Yummy. It must be all this Autumn weather bringing out our desire for comfort foods. The days are still warm to balmy, but the mornings and evenings have a nice coolness to them.

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  2. Good morning Fiona,

    your toasties look and sound delicious. I look forward to reading your posts each morning and they always inspire me to make one of the recipes, to use one of your hints or methods for doing a task or to try a new product I see in your photos.
    Today your post made me smile and then laugh. You use exactly the same hiding spot in your fridge that I do -the veggie drawer.�� I also use it to hide leftovers from my son and husband. They can't ever "find" anything in the fridge but no matter where I hide the leftover cooked meat of any kind or dessert they will find it. The veggie drawer has become my secret hiding spot because neither of them would ever dream of looking there. My son and husband don't follow your blog so my hiding spot is still a secret. Do you have many male readers Fiona? I can just picture it today - husbands, partners, sons, boyfriends and male housemates looking in the veggie drawer, maybe for the first time ever.
    Cheers, Maria from Adelaide SA.

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    1. Goodmorning Maria,
      Oh, Thankyou so much for your lovely feedback, I know I love to catch up with my favourite blogs everyday to see what they are up to, it makes my day. Ah Ha, they’ll be on to us, for sure, lovely Penny, who also commented yesterday, hides treats and special food items in a large old tea pot😉 so her hubby can’t find them, what a girl has to do😊have the loveliest of days,
      Fi

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  3. Toasties, not as fancy as this one, are our go-to lunch when we are home on the weekends together. Nothing like that melty cheese! Meg:)

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    1. Hi Meg,
      Plain melted cheese toasties are the ultimate comfort food, just love them. I hope you have a lovely day, hey it’s a bit cooler today, isn’t?
      Fi

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  4. Yes - I have to hide things from my husband because he gets the munchies and things disappear. Its particularly bad before Christmas when I am buying a few extra goodies each week to spread the cost - oops - there goes the packet of nuts etc. I have a hiding place he's never found - a really big catering teapot in the larder and provided its dry you can store quite a lot in there!

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    1. Hi Penny,
      Love your hiding spot😉go girl. You know once I’ve eaten at night I couldn’t think of eating another thing, they must have another stomach for treats after dinner 😊thanks, as always, for commenting, it makes my day.
      Fi

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