Croque-Monsieur or Madame: French Grilled-Cheese Sandwich!

A Croque-Monsieur is simply a  yummy grilled ham and cheese sandwich. It originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack. Typically, some good quality swiss cheese such as  Emmental or Gruyère is recommended.


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The name is based on the verb croquer (“to crunch” or to take a bite ) and the word monsieur (“mister” or sir ). The sandwich’s first recorded appearance on a Parisian café menu was in 1910.

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The lady version of a  Croque-Monsieur is served with a fried egg or poached egg on top and is known as a Croque-Madame (or in parts of Normandy a Croque-à-cheval). According to the Petit Robert dictionary, the name dates to around 1960. The Croque-Mademoiselle or Miss version is associated with many different sandwiches, from diet recipes to desserts.

Croque Monsieur is the best-grilled cheese with a French twist!

Bon appétit!

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