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  • Bechamel sauce:
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup milk, heated
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • To assemble:
  • Hearty thick-sliced bread, toasted
  • Dijon mustard
  • Thick-cut ham slices
  • Gruyere cheese


  1. To make the bechamel sauce: In a saucepan, add a drizzle of olive oil and saute baby spinach and leeks until cooked. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, melt the butter then stir in flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is cooked, about 2 minutes. Add Dijon mustard, stir and then slowly add the hot milk. Continue stirring for 2 to 3 minutes until sauce thickens.
  3. Grate in nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Add cheeses then return the cooked spinach and leeks to the pan. Let the sauce continue simmering for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. To assemble croque monsieur: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Spread Dijon mustard on a slice of already toasted bread. Add bechamel sauce on top. Next, layer a few slices of ham and enough grated Gruyere to cover the ham. Top with another slice of bread. Grate more Gruyere on top, and place in oven for 7 to 9 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. (If you need to, switch oven to broiler for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown.)
  6. Serve with mixed greens or simple salad.