Croque Monsieur with a Twist

Croque Monsieur with a Twist

Master the croque monsieur with soft bread, cheese, bacon or mushrooms and for the twist use a sauce of your choice. You'll relish every mouthful of this classic.

  • Cut your country loaf, or bread of choice, into medium thick slices. 

  • For the meat lovers: Fry some bacon up until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side in a medium hot pan. 

  • For the veggie lovers: Fry some sliced mushrooms up until golden and soft, about 2-3 minutes per side in a medium hot pan with some butter or oil. Season to taste. 

  • Spread two slices of bread generously with butter or plant based buttah. Lay the bread slices butter side down, spread a sauce of your choice, we like to use the tomato chilli jam, add slices of cheese - we like brie cheese or plant based fauxmage camembert and layer with the bacon or mushrooms. Allow the fillings to slightly overlap the edges of the bread. 

  • Top the delicious pile up with another slice of bread, butter side up. In a small saucepan, melt a teaspoon of butter or use some oil. Brush the sandwiches on both sides with the butter or oil, making sure that the edges are well covered. Toast the sandwich in the pan until golden on both sides, and the cheese is warmed through. 

  • Serve this French classic with a twist hot. It would balance well with a simple side salad of dressed greens, or steamed heirloom beans. 

    • Steamed heirloom beans: Place a saucepan over medium heat with some water to cover the base. When the water is simmering, add some trimmed heirloom beans, pop on the lid and steam until tender, 2-3 minutes. Drain and toss with some salt and olive oil. 


The title Croque Monsieur comes from “croquer”, to bite and “monsieur” meaning mister. It’s literally a gentleman’s sandwich. It first appeared in literature in a work by Proust, In Search of Lost Time in 1918, but it had featured on menus in Paris as early as 1910.