The Culinary Dictionary: What is a Croque?
“A classic French hot sandwich, grilled and topped with cheese and a béchamel sauce.”
Deriving from the French word for ‘eat’, which is ‘croquer’, in the beginning, the croque started out as a snack that originated from French cafes and bars. Essentially the crème de la crème of grilled cheese sandwiches, a croque is a filled sandwich topped with cheese and béchamel sauce, then grilled. The two most popular croque sandwich dishes are the Croque Monsieur, filled with ham and cheese, and Croque Madame, which is the same with an additional fried egg on top.
Both French sandwiches make an appearance on French-style restaurant Café Rouge’s menu. Putting their own spin on the classic, they use sourdough bread and a luxury three-cheese blend with their béchamel sauce. Along with the Monsieur and Madame classics, there are three other mouth-watering Café Rouge croque dishes to feast on. Read on to discover them all.
The Café Rouge Croque menu.
The classic of all classics, Croque Monsieur is the original of croques. A ham and cheese grilled sandwich with a luxury twist, ask someone “What is Croque Monsieur?” and they’ll no doubt answer with “France’s most-loved man”. Top dining tip from gourmet society, order it with the Tomato & Shallot Salad for a refreshing accompaniment.
The second most popular member of the croque family is the Croque Madame. Filled with ham and cheese like the original Croque Monsieur, it’s also topped with a perfectly runny, fried free range egg. Ideal for a brunch rendezvous, it has all the makings of a breakfast-appropriate sandwich.
Portobello Mushroom Croque
For vegetarians, there’s the Portobello Mushroom Croque from Café Rouge. Filled with a perfectly oven-roasted Portobello mushroom, layered with baby spinach and goats’ cheese, a few ingredients go a long way. And for an extra dash of indulgence, it’s drizzled with a good glug of truffle oil.
French Onion Croque
Café Rouge’s French Onion soup is one of the most popular dishes on the Café Rouge menu and it takes on croque form in their indulgent French Onion Croque. Served with a dollop of Dijon mustard and crispy onions for crunch, this croque is the perfect winter warmer.
Chicken Club Croque
The most filling of the Café Rouge croque family is the Chicken Club Croque. A perfectly balanced sandwich featuring fresh, vibrant flavours, it’s filled with succulent roast chicken, crispy pancetta and baby spinach. Putting a twist on a French classic, this version of the croque features a zesty, sundried tomato béchamel sauce.