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Crocus de Nîmes recipe

Crocus of Nîmes
Crocus of Nîmes

Original antic Roman recipe for the Crocus of Nîmes.


  • 1/2 Pélardon, cut horizontally,
  • 2 slices of wholemeal bread or sandwich bread,
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons (depending on taste) of green tapenade (preferably Picholine),
  • a few flaked almonds (a few, especially for the crunchy sensation),
  • slices of sweet Cévennes onion (quantity: according to the consumer’s taste),
  • 1 teaspoon of Cévennes or Garrigues honey,
  • a large pinch of Provence herbs, including thyme,
  • a little hint of saffron,
  • 2 teaspoons of high-quality olive oil.

You can add, optionally

  • a little onion ( sweet or strong) previously browned a little in the pan
  • a few raisins


  • On the lower edge of the croque-monsieur:
    • put the olive oil, after adding the saffron, on the surface of the bread,
    • spread the tapenade,
    • place the Pélardon in the center,
    • put the honey on the Pélardon,
    • spread the onions over the surface of the slice of bread,
    • add the almonds and, optionally, the cooked onion and raisins,
    • sprinkle with Provence herbs
  • cover with the second slice of bread
  • heat in a sandwich maker, until the bread is lightly browned.
Author: Gillles Deschamps (translated from French: Jakub Jasiński)

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