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Croque Monsieur Rolls Recipe

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I’m gonna cut straight to the carb-loving chase here. These rolls are ALL ABOUT the dough. The dough that yields super tender bread that is somewhere in between the inside of a croissant and a beautiful loaf of brioche.

The first time I made this dough was for my Blackberry Sticky Buns and I knew it would be the perfect backdrop for sliced ham and smoky cheese.

The dough is a tiny bit time consuming, mostly because it’s a traditional yeasted dough, so the beauty of the finished product is all in the rise (and the butter). But if you have the time to wait it out I promise it will be sooooooo worth it.

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If you aren’t familiar with croque monsieurs in general, know that it is basically the most indulgent grilled ham and cheese sandwich you’ll ever find.

All croque monsieur recipes share a few key characteristics – a thin layer of ham, smoky delicious Gruyere cheese, butter, and a bit of dijon mustard. These Croque Monsieur Rolls have all the crucial elements.

That perfect dough is brushed with dijon mustard (yellow won’t do, y’all), and then layered with thin slices of ham and a half pound of shredded Gruyere cheese. Rolled up and baked what you have is pretty perfect.

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But if you want to take it up to another level, make the buttery mustard dressing to brush over the baked rolls.

I borrowed that dressing from those baked ham and cheese sandwiches that church ladies always bring to potluck dinners. It was the buttery dijon right decision.

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If you love ham and cheese, try this easy Ham and Cheese Hand Pie Recipe OR!! This Layered Ham and Cheese Potato Bake which is for sure on my next brunch menu.

If you want to try your hand at another recipe with from scratch dough that’s 100% worth it, you need to take a look at this Apple Walnut Danish recipe. 

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Croque Monsieur Rolls Recipe

Heather Tullos
Croque Monsieur Rolls are full of ham and cheese goodness. The homemade dough is totally worth the effort!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising 3 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Cuisine French
Servings 12 1 roll
Calories 397.42 kcal


  • 0.5 Unsalted Butter
  • 0.5 Milk
  • 0.5 Warm Water read your yeast package for temperature suggestions
  • 2.25 Active Dry Yeast 1 envelope
  • 0.25 Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Egg Yolk
  • 1.5 Salt
  • 4 All-Purpose Flour **see note**
  • 3 Dijon Mustard
  • 8 Thinly Sliced Ham
  • 8 Gruyere Cheese shredded
  • 1 Grated Onion
  • 1.5 Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Dijon Mustard
  • 0.5 Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 Melted Butter


  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the milk.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Then whisk in the egg plus egg yolks. Add the salt, 2 cups of the flour, and the butter / milk mixture. Stir with a sturdy spatula until combined.
  • Add the last 2 cups of flour and work it in with your hands, kneading the dough in the bowl for around 8 minutes, only adding more flour if the dough seems too sticky or wet. It should be soft, pliable, and shiny from the butter in the dough.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place it into a large oiled bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  • Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish. When the dough has doubled in size lay it on the prepared work surface and roll it out to about 16 X 12, with the longer side closest to you.
  • Spread the dough with the mustard and then cover it in a layer of ham slices, overlapping them. Then cover the ham with the shredded cheese.
  • Roll the dough up lengthwise (rolling away from you) and cut into 12 equal pieces. Lay the pieces in the prepared baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and let them rise for another 11/2 hours.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the risen rolls for 25-30 minutes. They will be golden.
  • While the buns bake, mix all the ingredients for the dressing together. Brush it over the hot baked rolls.


Calories: 397.42kcalCarbohydrates: 36.71gProtein: 12.54gFat: 19.71gSaturated Fat: 8.42gSodium: 538.63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4.63g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Bread, Breakfasts, Brunches, Cheese, French, Ham, Mustard, Rolls
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