A twist on the classic French bistro sandwich - creamy cheese soup with ham,
topped with a thick slice of cheesy French bread - Ooh la la! Croque Monsieur roughly
translates to “Mister Crispy,” a traditional French ham and cheese sandwich with
toasted bread, covered with a béchamel sauce and more cheese, baked or fried.
1/2 cup butter
2 large sweet onions, cut in half and thickly sliced (4 cups)
In 5-quart Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat until sizzling. Cook
onions in butter 13 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are light golden
Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Sprinkle flour on onion mixture; cook and stir
constantly 1 minute.
Slowly stir in chicken stock. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered
10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cream cheese; stirring constantly with whisk until smooth.
Stir in half-and-half until blended. Slowly add 2 cups of the cheese, 1/2 cup
at a time, stirring constantly until cheese is melted.
Stir in ham, 2 teaspoons of the Dijon mustard and the salt; cook 3 to 5 minutes
or until heated through.
Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Place French bread slices on ungreased
cookie sheet. Spread remaining 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard evenly on cut sides of bread.
Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Broil with tops 5 inches from heat
1 to 2 minutes or just until cheese is melted and golden brown. Watch carefully
so cheese does not burn.
Serve soup topped with bread slices and cornichons, if using.
Prep Time 30 min | Total Time 50 min | Servings 8
The long, slow cooking of the onions gives this soup its rich caramelized-onion
flavor and color.
Gruyère cheese is a rich, nutty, buttery-tasting form of Swiss, without the holes.
Nutrition Information – Serving Size: 1 Serving: Calories 720 Calories from
Fat 380 Total Fat 43g Saturated Fat 25g Trans Fat 1 1/2g Cholesterol 135mg Sodium
1370mg Total Carbohydrate 51g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 8g Protein 32g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25% Vitamin C 4% Calcium 40% Iron 20%