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Croque Monsieur with Va Va Voom!

One of my all time favourite snacks, basically a much gooeyer, much cheesier, cheese and ham toastie with a fancy name.

What makes this dish special is the cheesy bechamel sauce that the toastie is smothered in.

At The Ingredients Consultancy we are lucky enough to work with Jeneil, a market leading manufacturer of Naturally Fermented Concentrated Cheese and Dairy pastes and powders.

Jeneil's unique range of premium fermented pastes and powders offers the user:

  • Intensive, authentic, true flavour profile

  • Reduced formulation costs

  • High flavour concentration = low dosage

  • Free of flavour enhancers and synthetic flavours

  • No preservatives

  • High heat stability

  • Clean Label Declaration

  • Potential to reduce the fat content of finished product without compromising on flavour

I wanted to see how the benefits of Jeneil's products could add a further depth to this classic snack.



Bechamel Cheese Sauce

  • 50g Butter

  • 50g Plain flour

  • 500ml Milk

  • 14g Jeneil CHG - 5044


  1. Melt the butter in a pan and then add in the flour making a roux

  2. Slowly add the milk, mixing continuously until all incorporated. Continue to cook out for a couple of minutes

  3. Add the Jeneil cheese paste and mix in thoroughly


  1. Place a tablespoon of the cheese sauce onto a slice of bread and spread evenly

  2. Layer a couple of slices of smoked ham on top

  3. Add another table spoon of the cheese sauce and spread evenly

4. Top with another slice of bread

5. In a frying pan heat up some butter and begin toasting each side of the sandwich until golden brown

6. Place onto a baking tray and place in the oven for 5 minutes to ensure fully heated throughout.

7. *Optional* before placing in the oven, top with more of the cheese sauce and a light sprinkle of grated cheddar.

The additional depth given by the Jeneil paste in this dish was a pleasant surprise.

I achieved an 8% reduction in cheese content with ZERO loss in flavour depth of this highly indulgent dish, but obviously offering the consumer and manufacturer benefits off less cheese! therefore less cost and less calories!

NaturallyThe Fermented products from Jeneil can be used across many applications, offering a multitude of benefits to manufacturers and consumers alike.

If you would like to learn more about Jeneil and how The Ingredients Consultancy can help you in your developments please do get in touch!

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