Crisp Mister?  Quite literally the French to English definition of this wonderful beast of a sandwich.  Cheese, gooey and buttery flavours this is most definitely not for the faint at heart!  It's thought that one origin of the sandwich comes from when French workers left their sarnies on radiators whilst they worked creating the first French cheese and ham toasty.  

Other variations include:  

The addition of a fried egg served on top - a Croque Madame

The addition of tomatoes - a Croque Provençal

The substitution of blue cheese for Gruyere - a Croque Auvergnat

The substitution of smoked salmon for the ham - a Croque Norvégien

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword bread, brioche, french, sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 sarnies
Author jacksmeatshack


  • 200 ml milk
  • 20 g plain flour
  • 20 g butter
  • 4 slices Brioche bread or thick white bread
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 4 slices good quality ham
  • 4 handfuls grated gruyere cheese
  • salt and pepper to season


To make the bèchamel sauce

  1. Pour the milk into a pan then add the flour and butter, slowly bringing up to the boil.  Keep whisking until you have a thick creamy sauce.  Season well.

To make your sarnie

  1. Heat the grill to medium- high and the oven to 200C Fan. Brush the brioche with butter and place on a baking tray to toast one side under the grill until golden.

  2. Remove the bread from the grill and build your two sandwiches.  Place the bread butter side down, add a layer of dijon mustard, two slices of ham, cheese, bèchamel sauce, bread butter side up, more sauce and then a final layer of cheese on top.  You got that??

  3. Bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes until golden and bubbling. Leave to cool slightly, then fill your face hole.

Recipe Notes

For an extra special treat why not check out our recipe for homemade BRIOCHE LOAF?