Picnic food, Cross between Croque Monsieur and Quiche Lorraine

Did you know it’s National Picnic Week between 17 – 23 June? Well nor did I until I was invited to take part in a Picnic challenge by Unilever Kitchen. I received a lovely hamper full of products from Hellmans, Colmans, Maille, Knorr, Flora and Bertolli and all I had to do was come up with an exciting recipe to jazz up any picnic using one, some or all of these products!

My initial thoughts were sandwiches, mini quiches or maybe a Coronation Chicken with the Colmans Sweet Chilli Mango Sauce. But then I had a eureka moment when I thought more about the quiches and how to make them more interesting. I’d cross them with a sandwich I thought and not just any old sandwich, a Croque Monsieur! I remembered my Quick Apple Puddings which were topped with buttered/sugared bread so was pretty sure this could work turned on its head. So after a couple of individual prototypes I perfected the recipe and discovered that rolling out the bread made it easier to fit into the muffin tray. So the following day I made up a whole batch of Croquiches and just as they were going to go in the oven disaster struck. On opening the oven door I discovered that the roof/grill element had collapsed into the oven – not exactly what I needed at that precise moment to say the least. After a yell to my husband, some frantic screwdriver finding and me turning off the oven and holding up the grill with some oven gloves the problem was fixed! This was not ideal but at least it wasn’t a soufflé I thought. The oven went back on and the Croquiches had waited at least 10 minutes before being baked. So what effect did this have? Well it made my red onions to green! My prototypes had lovely red onion pieces in and in these ones they had turned green – the colour must just have leached out in the long wait.

Picnic food, Croque Monsieur crossed with Quiche

I can’t tell you how much my family loved these Croquiches and my husband suggested I knock up another batch in order to resolve the problem! Nice try hubby! (It was raining today anyway)! But luckily I had photographed my prototypes and can therefore show you how they should look.

Picnic food, Cross between Croque Monsieur and Quiche Lorraine

Croquiches – perfect picnic food!

I’m so pleased I was asked to take part in this challenge as this recipe is going to be one I make and make. Whether eaten hot or cold the bread forms a wonderful crunchy crust around the outside, the base is just like a Croque Monsieur and the center is a quiche. Best of all they appeal to young and old and you can eat them on the go should you want to venture off from your picnic base! So thank you Unilever Kitchen for challenging me to make something I would never ever have thought to make otherwise!

As these Croquiches are made with everyday inexpensive ingredients from your fridge I am entering them into this month’s Credit Crunch Munch which is run by myself and Helen at  Fuss Free Flavours and is being hosted by the talented Anneli over a Delicieux this month.

Credit Crunch Munch

Step by Step Guide

Step by step guide to making Crocquiches, picnic, croque monsieur, quiche

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Part Croque Monsieur part Quiche Lorraine welcome to the Croquiche!
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Anglo-French
Serves: Makes 6
  • 6 Slices medium sliced bread (I used half & half)
  • Flora Buttery, for buttering
  • 3 Slices Mature Cheddar
  • 2 Slices ham
  • ½ Tiny red onion, finely diced
  • Dijon Mustard with Honey (I used Maille)
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Cut the crusts off the bread and flatten with a rolling pin, rolling from the longest side (will make the slices slightly squarer).
  3. Spread Flora Buttery on both sides.
  4. Press the slices down firmly into a muffin tin you will need to make a fold on either side. (Try not to tear but if you do just patch up with a spare bit of bread).
  5. Using a cutter the same size as the base of your bread “nest” cut 6 discs of cheese and ham.
  6. Slather the cheese discs with the mustard and top with the ham discs, then place firmly into the base of the bread “nest”.
  7. Using your finger rub more Flora Buttery into the unbuttered edges of the bread.
  8. Whisk the 3 eggs, milk and seasoning together.
  9. Fill the bread “nests” with the egg mixture and then tops with about a teaspoon of diced red onion.
  10. Place in the centre of your oven and bake for 20 minutes until the baskets are golden and toasted on the outside and the egg mixture is set.
  11. Enjoy hot or cold.
Save the trimmings of cheese and ham and use up in sandwiches or pittas!

Unilever Picnic Basket

Here’s the line up of Unilever products I had to choose from minus the Knorr Chicken Stock Cubes who came over all shy!

NB: I received a picnic hamper full of Unilever products and was not paid for this post.

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  1. Lisa Williams

    these would be so good as a Christmas breakfast maybe swap out the ham for some smoked salmon scraps YUM!

    1. Camilla

      Yes that sounds perfect:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    I would just love make these on Boxing Day as a snack. They’re so simple to make – yet delicious! Can’t wait to give these a go. Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Martina, what a lovely idea:-)

  3. Nora Saab

    When I first saw the pictures, I thought you used pastry. I’m amazed that such a lovely looking dish is made with bread

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nora, they taste just as good if not better than the pastry ones:-)

  4. Heather Haigh

    Those look really tasty.

  5. Kaci Soderstrom

    Oh these look cute and like they’d taste really nice!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they are super tasty:-)

  6. Maddy

    Ooh, looking forward to summer picnics…

  7. Paul Wilson

    This would make an ideal Boxing Day snack.

    1. Camilla

      It would indeed:-)

  8. Anne Dalzell

    My kind of snack – hearty and filling. Yum

  9. Paul Wilson

    Makes me long for summer again.

  10. William Gould

    These do look simple and interesting!

  11. Felicity Kelly

    Yum, always looking at ways to use eggs as I have chickens!

  12. Paul Wilson

    Would be nice at a picnic.

  13. glenn hutton

    These look amazing I will pass this recipe/site on…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! You’ll probably like my latest post then for Gruyere and Caramelised Shallot Nests https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/gruyere-caramelised-shallot-nests/

  14. lindsey stuart

    These look lovely thankyou

  15. Ursula Hunt

    Spring is in the air! looking forward to summer and lovely picnics

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Went down a treat at new year buffet

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thanks I’m so pleased you enjoyed them:-)

  17. Ursula Hunt

    These sound great for a snack anytime of year might try them at my new year buffet

    1. Camilla

      Yes, you could even scale them right down to finger food for canapes!

  18. Maya Russell

    Good party snacks. Very easy to do in advance.

  19. Annie Costa

    these look mouth watering

  20. Lisa Williams

    I can’t recommend these highly enough they really are delicious and so simple to make 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much that’s really good to hear:-)

  21. Laura Wilce

    Brilliant! I have all the ingredients in the house, and these sound perfect for a Sunday evening!

    1. Camilla

      Great, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do:-)

  22. Heather Haigh

    I do want to try these.

  23. Maya Russell

    Like the name ‘Croquiches’. Sounds good.

  24. Maya Russell

    Super picnic recipe and healthier too.

  25. Angela Walton

    These look really tasty, I have to try making them

  26. Tracy Nixon

    Fabulous for eating on a picnic or in the garden! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Phyllis Ellett

    What a great recipe, can’t wait going to give these a go. Thanks

  28. Jules

    My pupils would love these!

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Jules, my kids and OH love them:-)

  29. Laura Huggins

    These look absolutely fab and I love the name!

    Has made me very hungry now lol

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again this weekend

    Laura x x x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura, they’re so easy you can just make 2 at a time if you wish:-)

  30. Angela

    These are so much healthier that the butter laden quiches that are the norm and the name is genius. Love the idea.

    1. Camilla

      Aah thank you so much Angela that means a lot:-)

  31. Claire Toplis

    Superbly English Pinnics .. I do hope you had Pimms as well

    1. Camilla

      Don’t tell anyone, but it was just a photo shoot shh!

  32. Kim Carberry

    They are fab!!

    1. Camilla


  33. Anneli (Delicieux)

    How deliciously dinky these look! Everyone loves a quiche and these individual ones are just lovely. I can just imagine the panic at finding your grill collapsed! Well done for your swift recovery! The quiches don’t look like they minded waiting! Great entry for Credit Crunch Munch x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anneli, it’s shame there was nothing seasonal in them otherwise I could have entered your challenge too!

  34. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    What a fantastic invention “croquiches” – love the name! Love the filling and great that you can heat them warm or cold. As you say perfect picnic food. Hope your oven is sorted now 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jacqueline! I did google the term hesitantly after I’d posted and the only posts that came up were French and not recipes so I think this is a first. Oven is now sorted – how a screw comes completely loose goodness knows, think our oven was made on a Friday as it was wired up wrongly when it arrived and they had to send engineer out to fix that!


    Thats such a fab way to use up leftover bits too – yum! xoxo

    1. Camilla

      Yes, we ate the trimmings in pittas today LOL! x

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