You’re going to need a few easy recipes when beginning keto. Your success may depend on it.
Remove some of the obstacles with this easy low-carb Croque Monsieur. After all, who doesn’t love a fancy ham and cheese?
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Sometimes the game I play is, ‘How to make it keto”. Beginner keto recipes had to include my favorites.
I encourage you to make a list of the foods you love and learn how to adapt those into low-carb recipes.
Read on if a fancy grilled ham and cheese is on that list. I mean, it’s on the list, right?
Try A Croque Monsieur At The Beginning Of Keto
Everyone has an opinion. Here’s mine. You do you.
Godspeed if you want to read every article, get a dot notebook, and geek out on all things keto related. Also, cool if you want to take your time and slowly limit carbs. For example, removing sugar from your diet.
My real tip is to create a low-carb meal prep list or at least write a low-carb meal plan. Otherwise, you may cheat on whatever goal you set when hungry. Let’s stop the cheating and let’s commit to our healthy selves.
There will be times when you want to enjoy cooking and creating and there are times when you need something easy but with a touch of fuss. That’s what this recipe is. You can prep the low-carb sauce in advance. It will last about a week in your refrigerator. Then, all you need to do is build the sandwich. What’s easier than that?
Looking To Add A Fancy Ham & Cheese To Your ‘Beginning Keto Shopping List’?
I hope so because this one is so good! This is what you’ll need:
- Almond Flour
- Salt & Pepper
- Dijon Mustard
- Cheese (Comte, Gruyere, or Emmentaler)
- Keto Bread
Here’s a sneak peek of the deliciousness that you’re about to enjoy.
But what is a Croque Monsieur?
Wikipedia will tell you that croque means crunch and I think most of us know that monsieur means gentleman. Or, at least Mister. Aren’t translations funny?
The NY Times will sell you on this sandwich as falling under France’s bar and cafe food list (I can see this).
Would you like more? Here’s a Brief History of the Croque Monsieur, France’s Cheese Toastie from Culture Trip
My recommendation is to make the sandwich first and then deep dive into the fun history bits.
Are You Wondering About Low Carb Options At The Store?
There are so many options for you at name-brand stores like Target, Walmart, Aldi’s, and often your biggest chain grocery store. You’ll find many solutions online, too. This will please you as you continue on your journey. For now, we need low-carb bread.
The fancy restaurants no doubt serve their crunchy mister on artisan bread but we have some carb goals here so check out this recent find at Aldi’s.
Bonus Recipe: Click on the image below for 2 other fun ways to use the bread.
You’ll also need a flour alternative for the bechamel. I’ve tried this with both almond and coconut flour. The coconut flour makes the bechamel sweet. I’m not opposed to that but you may be so I wanted to mention that now.
The steps are so easy. Make the bechamel sauce. Let’s then butter the inside of 2 pieces of bread and layer cheese and ham. Next, slather as much grainy mustard as you’d like. The last step is to close the sandwich and drizzle the bechamel sauce on the top and garnish with as much parmesan cheese as you wish.
You’ll bake the sandwich for 5 minutes and then broil the cheesy top for a minute or two until golden. Serve it with a simple salad and that’s it. Beginning keto isn’t as hard as it sounds.
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Low-Carb Croque Monsieur
- 1/4 C Unsalted Butter
- 1/4 C Almond Flour
- 1.5 C HWC
- Salt & Pepper, To Taste
- 1/4 t Dijon Mustard
- Dash of Nutmeg
- 4 slices Keto Bread
- 2-4 slices Ham
- 2 - 4 slices Gruyere Cheese Comte and Emmental are also delicious
- 2 T Whole Grain Mustard
- Pre-Heat the oven to 425 degrees
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- Next, make the bechamel sauce by heating the butter in a pan over medium-high heat
- Whisk in the flour stirring constantly for 2 - 3 minutes
- Gradually add the heavy whipping cream whisking to combine. You may not need the full 1.5 cups. Continue adding and whisking until smooth and the sauce thickens
- Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the salt, pepper, dijon, and nutmeg and set aside
- Butter 2 sides of bread and place, butter up, on the lined sheet pan
- Layer the cheese, ham, and mustard, and close the sandwich with a piece of buttered bread, butter side down
- Pour the bechamel sauce on the top piece of bread and garnish with parmesan cheese
- Bake the sandwiches in the oven for 5 minutes and then broil the tops until golden