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Croque monsieur brunch bake

Whenever I visit France, I make sure I have a croque monsieur - a yummy toasted cheese and ham sandwich! Recreate those flavours in a delicious brunch bake - it's like a sort of french toast bake and perfect for any time of day.
Course Main meal
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 295 kcal
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 8 slices white bread
  • cooked ham enough to make 4 sandwiches
  • slices of gruyère cheese or any tasty cheese of your choice – enough for 4 sandwiches
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon heaped of mustard I used Dijon
  • 1/2 of a small onion chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 ounces cherry tomatoes halved
  • grated cheese e.g. mozzarella for sprinkling
  • a handful of fresh chopped parsley
US Customary - Metric

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
  2. Make 4 ham and cheese sandwiches with the bread, ham and cheese. Cut each in half diagonally so that you have 8 sandwich halves.
  3. Whisk the eggs together with the milk, mustard and a good grinding of salt and pepper in a jug. Add the chopped onion and garlic.
  4. Dip each sandwich half in the egg and milk mixture, then arrange in a medium-sized square-ish baking dish in two rows, with the two rows overlapping a little (the sandwiches should be standing up with the pointy part facing upwards).
  5. Pour the rest of the egg mixture over the sandwiches, then top with grated cheese and the tomatoes. Leave to stand for at least 10 minutes so that the egg mixture can soak into the bread.
  6. Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes or until the top of the bake is golden and crisp. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve (with a fresh salad if you like!).

Recipe Notes

You’ll notice that the amounts in the ingredients list are not exact. That’s because exact amounts don’t really matter – apart from the amount of eggs and milk. This is a very customisable recipe!

It can also be made up a few hours ahead (or even the night before). Just assemble, then cover with foil and keep in the fridge until you're ready to bake.

Some ideas for customising:

1 Add cooked sausage and/or bacon along with the tomatoes for a more hearty bake.
2 Use spring onions/scallions instead of the ordinary chopped onion for a subtler flavour.
3 Spread pesto on the bread along with the ham and cheese.
4 Use prosciutto instead of ordinary ham.

Nutrition Facts
Croque monsieur brunch bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 254mg85%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 277mg28%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.