Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwich


In the introduction to this week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe, Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwich, David Lebovitz talks about how the croque-monsieur is one of those things he occasionally craves and then he’s “gotta have it”. This got me thinking about the things I crave and “gotta have”. Why is it that the things we crave are generally less healthy? The only time I crave a salad is when I’ve been on vacation overindulging. One of the things I find myself craving occasionally is a burger and fries. When I get that craving, I find it’s best to just give into it so I can be satisfied and move on to healthier choices (assuming I don’t get that “gotta have it” craving every day!). What foods do you crave?

After making Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwiches this week, I can see why Mr. Lebovitz sometimes craves them. This is not your ordinary grilled ham and cheese sandwich. There are two things that make this sandwich special: the béchamel spread on the inside of the sandwich, and the melted Gruyère cheese on top. Hearty sourdough bread, prosciutto, and additional Gruyère complete the sandwich.


I made croque-monsieur for myself for lunch two days in a row. What a delightful, buttery, cheesy, decadent treat! Not something you want to eat every day, but definitely worthy of a “gotta have it” craving.

You can find the recipe for Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwich (aka, croque-monsieur) on page 137 of David Lebovitz’s book My Paris Kitchen.



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16 responses to “Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwich

  1. Yep. Karen, I basically went this way in my blog post, too! Man, that sandwich is good. Anyway, this is exactly my craving type of food. Though sometimes, my cravings are sweet, lately they’re largely salty and fatty. This fits the bill to a tee (mixing metaphors or whatever there, but who cares)!

  2. Grilled cheese sandwiches are near the top of my cravings list for sure. Not this fancy version (though, who knows now that I’ve discovered them) but the more basic version with a slice of tomato or avocado if I’ve got it.

  3. Just yummy! I would get cravings for this too!

  4. Nicole @ The 2nd 35 Years

    I purposefully eat a big salad for lunch every day so that I don’t feel as unhealthy when I do indulge in something fatty or unhealthy. These were just so good… I only bought enough prosciutto for one meal so that I would not be tempted to make this again so quickly!

    • I’ve been making an effort to eat more veggies throughout the day lately, so I didn’t feel bad about eating my croque monsieur. I have to admit I purposely bought enough ingredients for two meals, so I could make this two days in a row!

  5. Talking about cravings. This sandwich started me on a slippery slope and I’ve made this a more few times already. All the buttery and cheesy goodness are so hard to resist. Working hard to get it out of my system!

  6. Yeah, um I could eat this every day too!

  7. Cher

    I always give a side-eye to people who say they crave salad all the time 🙂 Once in a while, it’s what I want, but who can resist ham and cheese goodness?

  8. Vacation overindulging, then comes salad! Haha! You made me smile! How familiar is that! 🙂
    This sandwich is indeed delicious!

  9. I too will crave a salad when I have been away and eating “bad” food while traveling. I think that is my lack of self control to staying healthy while eating out. My cravings are always for some type of cheese and bread- so this definitely fits the bill!.

  10. A good grilled cheese, a perfect steak, various sweets, seasonal treats (even salad in high summer) – those are some of my cravings. I suspect this sandwich will be one of them now, too.

    • I crave various sweets for sure. In fact, I generally try to keep sweets out of the house because I have trouble controlling myself if they are really good.

  11. I cannot remember a time in my whole life when I have craved a salad, Karen. Does that make me a bad person? I crave a burger, fries and strawberry malt from In-n-Out Burger every so often. But, the thing is, I always get it when I am alone. Kinda feel I have to sneak fast food. Don’t tell anyone. This is a good subject to think on.

  12. Like Mary, I’ve never craved a salad either. I loved this sandwich too. I made for lunch THREE days in a row, until I ran out of ham and cheese. Time for a break, but I know there will be another time when I’ve gotta have it!

    • I made it for lunch two days in a row, and then made a hybrid version the third day with the few ingredients I had left. Hard to resist when you have the ingredients!

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