July 12, 2017

Croque Monsieur Sandwich | Disney's Be Our Guest Copycat Recipe

It's Disney Week here on the blog and today I wanted to share one of my favorite sandwich recipes with y'all, that just so happens to be served at Disney World. Croque Monsieur 
is a decadent French style grilled or baked ham and cheese sandwich that is served at Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
You can make this sandwich open faced and baked or as a traditional grilled sandwich the way Disney does. It usually comes with a rich bechamel sauce on top but for an easy shortcut I made a spread with sour cream and Dijon mustard like the restaurant serves. I hope you enjoy this recipe and my pictures from the amazing Be Our Guest castle restaurant!
 It really is one of my favorite restaurants EVER.
Lots of menu choices for lunch. 
Tip- Use the Disney App to get a dining reservation. Dinner is hard to get but lunch you can usually score a reservations 20-30 days ahead. 





I have been wanting to eat at Be Our Guest for years and could never score a reservation. 
But this solo trip- I got lucky!
Disney goes all out like they always do!
The Beast's castle is amazing. Every design is stunning. 
My Be Our Guest meal included the Croque Monsieur sandwich with green beans. I substituted green beans for fries and was glad I did! Seriously, some of the best green beans I have ever tasted. I also had a cup of French Onion Soup and a Grey Stuff cupcake for dessert.
I knew I had to try the French Onion soup and boy am I glad I did!
 It was full of flavor and lots of cheese!
After my big ol' lunch I was stuffed but the Grey Stuff was calling my name!
So I ordered a Grey Stuff cupcake. It was moist and delicious and beautifully presented. 
Don't believe me - ask the dishes!
Hand painted purse by CraftsofErised on Etsy.
Use coupon code HAPPYSUMMER for 15% off any purchase over $25 until 12/31/2017/.
The restaurant is certainly as large as a castle and has three dining rooms that can serve a total of 550 guests! For this visit I dined in the Ballroom. 
There is also a stunning Rose Gallery room.
Then there is the dark and mysterious West Wing of the Beast's castle where you can hear thunder and see the enchanted rose on display!
Posing in my villain dress and ears with my Grey Stuff cupcake. 
I didn't try to match my food- I promise!
Find these Mouse Ears at PoshParkCreative on Etsy.
If you can't get reservations for Be Our Guest or you are looking for another spot for a meal or snack try Gaston's Tavern, right next door. Lefou's Brew is a must try for the whole family!
There is a hilarious fountain out front and Gaston himself is usually around signing autographs. 
By the way, I rocked this Gaston bow on my magic band just in case I saw the man himself!
Bow from MouseOnMainStreet on Etsy. 

Ingredients: 

Makes 4 sandwiches

  • 8 slices brioche or country wheat bread
  • 8 slices ham
  • 4 slices Gruyere cheese {or 1 cup shredded}
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • butter/oil, for grilling

Directions:

  1. You can either grill this sandwich or broil it {both options pictured below}.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and mustard.
  3. Spread about 1 tbsp of the mixture evenly over each bread slice.
  4.  Add 2 slices of ham on 4 of the bread slices.
  5. Spread more of the sour cream mixture on top of the ham. 
  6. Add a slice of cheese {or about 1/4 cup shredded} on top of each.
  7. If broiling, you can place in the oven open faced and broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and it is golden. 
  8.  If you are grilling, like Be Our Guest, then top the sandwiches with the remaining bread slices, spread side down. 
  9. I then spread butter {or even more of the sour cream mixture} on top of the bread.
  10.  Add butter or oil to a large skillet, then add sandwiches, 2 at a time.
  11. Grill the sandwiches over medium heat, turning them once, and cook until they are golden brown on both sides. 
  12. Transfer the sandwiches to a plate and repeat with the remaining sandwiches. 
  13. Serve warm with a side of green beans or pomme frites {fries} like Be Our Guest Restaurant. 

An authentic Croque Monsieur uses Gruyere cheese, sliced or shredded. 
In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and mustard.
Spread about 1 tbsp of the mixture evenly over each bread slice.
I use either country wheat {Be Our Guest way} or sweet brioche bread. 
 Add 2 slices of ham on 4 of the bread slices.
Spread more of the sour cream mixture on top of the ham. 
Add a slice of cheese {or about 1/4 cup shredded} on top of each.
If broiling, you can place in the oven open faced.
Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and it is golden. 
You can also fry an egg and add it on top.
It is called a Croque Madame sandwich. 
If you are grilling, like Be Our Guest, then top the sandwiches with the remaining bread slices, spread side down. I then spread butter {or even more of the sour cream mixture} on top of the bread.
 Add butter or oil to a large skillet, then add sandwiches, 2 at a time.
Grill the sandwiches over medium heat, turning them once, 
and cook until they are golden brown on both sides. 
Transfer the sandwiches to a plate and repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
Serve warm with a side of green beans or pommes frites {fries} like Be Our Guest Restaurant. 
So many amazing photo ops in the castle! I could explore it all day!
Have you been to Be Our Guest? What is your favorite thing to order? 
Comment below and let me know.
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