Recipe: Croque Monsieur-ish

I don’t like most sandwiches.

I guess I am strange that way, but I am just not a big fan. I do love a grilled or hot sandwich though, and when we camp, I love to make my version of a Croque Monsieur. Last night we made these for dinner at home, but I do it the same way on the road.

Here is how I do it (per sandwich):


  • 2 slices of bread (any works, but I love a rustic bread)
  • 2 slices of of cheese (your favorite, we use Swiss – usually Gruyere or Emmentaler)
  • 2 slices of you favorite lunch meat (I like either honey roasted or Black Forest ham, the lad loves a roast Turkey)
  • 1/2 of a small avocado
  • Dijon mustard
  • Butter

I start by taking the two slices of bread and putting Dijon mustard on one side, and mash up 1/4 to 1/2 of a small avocado on the other side.  



I then take the 2 slices of cheese and cover both of the slices of bread as fully as I can. 





Layer your meat on top of the cheese and close the sandwich like a book.  




Spread butter on the top slice of bread.   




Place sandwich, butter side down, in a skillet that is on medium-low to medium heat.   



 Carefully butter the top of the sandwich. Let the sandwich sit until it is golden brown, then flip. Allow that side to cook until golden brown too.



Plate the sandwich and serve with soup or salad! Enjoy!



You can change up the ingredients as you like! I am a pretty strict, “this is what I made for dinner and there is nothing else for you to eat” kind of mom, but these are great because you can adjust the ingredients per person so everyone is happy. Also, the kids can get involved and put their own sandwich together, which means they take greater pride in eating! I usually do this on our camp stove, but you can put your skillet over the fire and add that smokey flavor too (yum!).

The true Croque Monsieur is just Swiss and ham with some Parmesan sprinkled on the outside of the bread after buttering, and the Croque Madame is a Croque Monsieur with a fried egg on top. I think we might try that one for breakfast one morning!

What are you favorite sandwich fillings? Tell us what we are missing out on in the comments below!


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