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We love a good ham and cheese toasty – they’re so simple, and yet so delicious. The classic French Croque-Monsieur uses a béchamel but we have replaced that step with a little crème fraîche topping for a slightly lighter (and easier) result.

Note: top this sandwich with a still-runny fried egg to make the equally classic Croque-Madame.

  • Prep time
    15 mins

  • Serves

  • Cook time
    20 mins

  • Good for
    Lunch, Snack, Dinner


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  • Preheat oven to 180°C.

  • Combine the cheese, crème fraîche and mustard in a bowl and season to taste. Spread the cheese mixture over all 8 slices of sourdough. Top 4 of the slices with the ham then place the remaining slices of sourdough on top, cheese side up.

  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the butter. Once foaming, fry the base of the sandwiches in batches until golden and toasted. Transfer to a baking tray then place in the oven. Cook until the cheese on top is golden and bubbling. Serve immediately. 

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