Ham and Spinach Croque Monsieur Casserole

Add this delicious, satisfying casserole to your weekend brunch menu

Ingredients

White Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Casserole:
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 pkg (5 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 12 slices day-old crusty bread, about 1/2-inch thick
  • 15 slices Artisan Crafted Series , thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Directions

  1. White Sauce: Melt butter in saucepan set over medium heat; cook onion and thyme for about 5 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle in flour. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until bubbling.
  2. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to boil; cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.
  3. Casserole: Meanwhile, heat butter in large skillet set over medium-high heat; cook spinach, salt and pepper for 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is just wilted. Let cool completely.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 8-inch square baking dish; spread 1/4 cup sauce evenly in bottom of baking dish. Layer 6 overlapping slices of bread in baking dish. Arrange spinach and ham evenly over bread; spread with 1/4 cup sauce. Repeat with remaining bread and sauce; sprinkle Gruyère cheese over top.
  5. Cover tightly with foil; bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake about 15 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown on top. Let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions.
Tip:

For an over-the- top brunch menu, turn this Croque Monsieur casserole into a Croque Madame by serving each portion with a fried egg on top.

Nutrition Information

(Per ⅛ recipe)
Calories 490
Fat 32 g
Saturated Fat 18 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Sodium 1500 mg
Carbohydrate 54 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 26 g
8
servings
00:15
prep time
01:30
total time
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