Similar to a Monte Cristo, a croque monsieur is a French-style grilled ham and cheese sandwich that is dipped in egg batter then cooked in a skillet. This version is like a savory stuffed French toast. Keep the finished ones warm in a 200° oven while cooking the others.
4 (1 1/2-ounce) slices French bread
4 teaspoons honey mustard
6 ounces reduced-fat deli ham, thinly sliced
4 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese
1/2 cup fat-free milk
3 large egg whites
How to Make It
Cut a slit in each bread slice to form a pocket. Spread 1 teaspoon honey mustard into each bread pocket. Divide ham and cheese evenly among bread pockets.
Combine milk and egg whites in a shallow bowl, stirring with a whisk. Dip sandwiches, 1 at a time, in milk mixture, turning to coat.
Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add 2 sandwiches; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat procedure with remaining sandwiches.
A real Croque Monsieur is layered with thinly sliced ham and Swiss cheese that is lightly grilled, topped with bechamel and some shredded cheese. It is then broiled until slightly browned and bubbly. Dijon mustard is served on the side. This makes a wonderful meal with a small salad.
I was unable to make a "pocket" in my bread as it was just crumbling into a mess, so I ended up just slicing the bread, forming a regular sandwich, and proceeding with with the rest of the steps. Once I got over trying to make the bread pocket, the recipe was easy to follow and turned out great. Dipping the sandwich in the egg gave it a great texture. This was a great, quick weeknight meal that we will definitely make again.
Since it is literally a "French Toast" sandwich I have often seen it served with maple syrup for dunking. It is great that way but this recipe suggested no sauces or condiments. Very boring without something else to jazz it up.