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Croque Monsieur with Fresh Spinach

Croque Monsieur with Fresh Spinach


  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus some for eggs

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • Salt and pepper

  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

  • 2 cups lightly packed small farm/organic spinach leaves, stemmed and coarsely chopped

  • 8 slices prosciutto cotto or other mild ham

  • 1/2 pound Gruyère cheese, shredded

  • 4 slices good-quality white bread, sliced by hand into 3/4-inch-thick slices

  • 4 large organic eggs


Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Whisk in the flour, cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg and thicken to coat the back of a spoon. Wilt the spinach into the sauce and remove from the heat.

Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet and distribute the spinach and sauce evenly over the bread. Top each slice of bread with two folded slices of ham and a small mound of cheese. Bake until golden on top. Cook the eggs any style, then top each slice of bread with an egg and serve.