Croque Monsieur Strata

I’m kind of nerd about the whole French cooking thing.  I love Julie & Julia.  I used to watch Julia Child on PBS when I was little.  The the SNL skit…priceless!  Maybe it’s the years of studying French or the fact that they put lots of butter in everything.  I don’t know.  But when Tony Bourdain has a Paris episode of The Layover or No Reservations, I watch it a million times imagining the taste of what is probably the best food ever.

Croque Monsieur Strata | White Lights on Wednesday

I’m also a big fan of grilled cheese.  One of my favorite blogs is Grilled Cheese Social.  Christina does magic with bread and cheese.  Since a Croque Monsieur is basically a really fancy French grilled cheese, I figured I would make one at some point in my life.  I haven’t.  I’ve been totally lazy about the whole thing.  The flavors sound wonderful though, so when I found this strata with all the goodness of my French grilled cheese…I was in.  I dialed back the amount of thyme in the originally recipe because it kind of took over, but this strata is the bomb.  It’s a great make-it-the-night before recipe for when you have company in town and pairs beautifully with my Overnight Blintz Bake.  Let’s get French!

Croque Monsieur Strata | White Lights on Wednesday

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Croque Monsieur Strata | Biscoff Walnut Granola Parfaits | Overnight Blintz Bake

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Croque Monsieur Strata

Prep Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 9 hours
Servings 8
Author Adapted from Betty Crocker


  • 1 loaf day old French bread cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 cups cooked ham cut into small pieces
  • 2 cup shredded Munster cheese {or tear sliced Munster into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 eggs
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
  1. Coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place bread cubes in baking dish. Top with diced ham, and then cheese; set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add onion powder, flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cook until mixture is bubbly, whisking constantly. Slowly pour in milk while whisking, until combine. Bring mixture to a simmer; cook until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in thyme and mustard.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add 1/4 hot milk mixture to eggs, while whisking, to temper the eggs. Pour eggs into pan with hot milk mixture, whisking constantly. Cook over low heat for 1 minute. Pour milk mixture evenly over bread, ham, and cheese. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight, but no more than 24 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover strata.
  6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Cut into squares and garnish with chives, if desired.

Croque Monsieur Strata | White Lights on Wednesday

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