68 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 36
  • 4 Rating Star 24
  • 3 Rating Star 6
  • 2 Rating Star 2

Easily adaptable into a Monte Cristo by just adding chicken, this wonderful battered then fried sandwich makes a great lunch with a tossed salad.

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
3
Max Servings:
3
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Use 2 tablespoons of the butter to spread over one side of each slice of bread. On three of the slices, spread a layer of Dijon mustard over the butter, and top each with 4 slices of ham. On the other three, spread mayonnaise, and top each one with 2 slices of Swiss cheese. Press ham and cheese sides of sandwiches together.

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  • In a flat bottomed dish, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, and water until blended. Set aside.

  • Heat remaining butter and vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture, and fry in the oil and butter until browned, flipping to brown on each side.

Nutrition Facts

960.47 calories; 45.57 g protein; 38.13 g carbohydrates; 69.03 g fat; 283.87 mg cholesterol; 2492.34 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Anonymous
12/18/2003
I had this sandwich at a Diner off the I75 several years ago and this recipe is exactially what I was looking for. A little messy to make but quite worth it!
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Most helpful critical review

Anonymous
09/15/2006
Not that great. The frying sure doesn't do much for the overall flavor and not enough for the extra effort. Would have been better as a standard grilled cheese. Pretty lame...
(3)
68 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 36
  • 4 Rating Star 24
  • 3 Rating Star 6
  • 2 Rating Star 2
IMVINTAGE
08/20/2007
A true Croque-Monsieur isn't battered....it's a grilled ham & cheese sandwich covered in a cheese sauce & broiled for a few minutes. While not typical this version is tasty. I used honey wheat bread & because of reviews syaing the batter was heavy I copied M.A.H. & used a liberal amount of butter-flavor Pam to fry them in. Hubby didn't think it would work but it did...beautifully! The crust was perfect... not greasy or heavy & they didn't stick although I did use a non-stick saute skillet. I served them w/ Michel Richard s Cold Cherry Soup (google the recipe) which was the perfect accompaniment. Thanks for the recipe Teresa Neff...we enjoyed it!
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JOSLYN H.
04/07/2009
I tried this sandwich as written and it was good but a bit too rich for me. Another reviewer called this sandwich a fake which is wrong. This sandwich can be baked and broiled or fried in a pan with or without Mornay or Bechamel sauce. Gruyère is traditionally used and is a Swiss cheese although camembert or brie can be used. The version served with the egg on top is called a "Croque Madame". Made with tomatoes it's a "Croque Provencal " made with Bleu cheese a "Croque Auvergant." So you see as with any recipe there are probably as many variations as their are cooks.
(53)
M. A. H.
01/05/2005
I made this sandwich with sliced turkey breast and provolone. I eliminated the frying part with oil and butter and used butter flavored Pam instead. I also eliminated the salt in the batter. It was delicious.
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Anonymous
12/18/2003
I had this sandwich at a Diner off the I75 several years ago and this recipe is exactially what I was looking for. A little messy to make but quite worth it!
(11)
Anonymous
04/26/2007
OMG this was delicious. My only critique would be to eat it right away or it will 'gell' up on you and not be as good (as with any fried food). I added onions to this and sauted mushrooms in olive oil (evoo to all you chefs out there!). I have been out of the country for about 3 months so I haven't had a chance to make my sandwiches and I made several on this site before my son and I left. This was the best out of three or four that we tried so it gets rated first! After I unpack...I will be back!!!! To rate more of course....
(10)
WhspringWaterfall
01/17/2005
Very Good! Liked it better with mozzarella on sourdough. Made it for dinner with the "Best Ever Hot Artichoke Dip." Available on this site also. Very filling.
(9)
Sarah Jo
08/27/2011
Authentic or not still mighty tasty sandwich. I don't keep white bread in the house so I used wheat. I did not use vegetable oil to fry them in instead I used a little butter in the hot pan. These came out really well--even though it was a bit tricky getting it battered and into the pan and they were a bit greasy. Next time I'll just cook my sandwiches on the tabletop griddle and skip the extra calories. We had our sandwiches with tomato soup. Nice comforting lunch. The kids especially liked this.
(9)
Catherine Peterson Mortali
10/17/2005
My husband loved his but I only ended up eating half of a sandwich. They are very filling and I thought they were greasy and messy. I may try again but not fry in oil and butter.
(8)
Rhonda Brock Fuller
11/17/2006
I love this. It is a great twis on the great American ham and cheese. But so sinfully rich... LOVE IT!
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