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Devour a classic French comfort food, Croque Monsieur, with this irresistible recipe. This delectable sandwich features layers of toasted bread, creamy béchamel sauce, flavorful HORMEL® CURE 81® Classic Boneless Ham, and gooey Gruyere cheese. A hint of nutmeg adds a particular warmth. Serve it as a satisfying lunch or a special treat for a brunch gathering.

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2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup whole milk
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch salt and freshly ground pepper
2½ cups shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices crusty bread, toasted
12 sliced HORMEL® CURE 81® Classic Boneless Ham
Fig jam to serve, if desired


  1. In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour. Stir 1 minute.

  2. Gradually whisk in milk.

  3. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Heat and stir until sauce thickens.

  4. Add ½ cup Gruyère cheese and Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Stir until cheese is melted.

  5. Place 4 slices toasted bread on work surface. Top with ham and 1 cup Gruyère cheese. Top with remaining toasted bread slices.

  6. Place on greased baking sheet. Spoon white sauce over each sandwich. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cook under hot broiler until cheese is bubbling and brown.