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Croque Monsieur Toasties

This toastie has a fraction of the calories and fat of the traditional recipe, which uses full-fat cheese, white sauce, and real butter, but it tastes as good if not better. This is the ultimate ‘ham and cheese’ – the perfect toastie to warm you up on a cold day.


  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7.

  2. Lightly scrape the butter over both sides of the bread slices, as thinly as possible.

  3. In a bowl, stir together the grated cheese, crème fraiche, mustard and the Worcestershire sauce (if using).

  4. Divide the cheese mixture between the 2 slices of bread, covering if evenly right up to the edges. Top with the sliced ham and then cover with the remaining slices of bread.

  5. Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet and cook in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until the bread is appetizingly golden brown and the cheese has melted.

  6. Cut the sandwiches in half or into quarters and serve immediately.



  • You can add 1 diced or sliced tomato or some finely chopped chilli to these toasted sandwiches. The tomato will add 10kcal per toastie, but the additional chilli calories will be negligible.

  • Croque monsieur is traditionally made with white bread but you could use 25g slices of wholemeal instead. The calories will not change.

  • You can grill the sandwiches instead of baking them in the oven, but the result will be crispier.

  • Vegetarians can omit the ham and add a slice of tomato instead, saving nearly 50kcal per portion.

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