Have You Ever Had a Croque Madame?
No, I’m not being dirty. A croque madame is a ham and cheese sandwich that has an egg on top. As someone who frequently doesn’t eat breakfast (shame on me, can’t skip breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day), I had never had the chance to try one. I finally had the opportunity to try one, and I think the only appropriate response is: OHHHH MYYYYY THAT’S GOOD. Keep reading for more, including a recipe!
So, first off, let’s address the issue at hand: this isn’t the healthiest thing to eat when I’m starting the day. Frankly, I don’t care. It’s the perfect meal for when I’m feeling indulgent (read: fat) on a Sunday morning, a lazy afternoon, or for a late night snack. This is by no means a sandwich that you can eat with your hands, unless of course you feel like making a mess. Here’s the recipe I made this past weekend (but I substituted the ham for fake meat, because of the whole vegetarian thing).
Oui Oui, Croque Madame
Servings: 2 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1/2 stick butter, divided into tablespoons
1 heaping Tbs. flour
1 C. milk
2 pinches nutmeg, grated
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
2 slices bread (I used a dark rye because that’s all I had)
4 slices ham
4 slices baby Swiss cheese
parsley, chopped for garnish
Melt half of the butter in a saucepan and whisk the flour in. Cook for a minute or until the flour taste is gone. Add the milk, bring to a slight bubble, and reduce the heat. Add the salt, pepper, mustard, and nutmeg. Set sauce aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-low heat in a non-stick skillet. When butter melts add 2 large eggs to the first skillet, keeping the whites separate from each other.
In the second skillet toast the bread with the remaining butter. Top the bread with ham, cheese, sauce, and then the egg so it’ll melt the cheese. If desired, place the sandwich under the broiler for approximately 2 minutes to further melt the cheese. Serve with parsley sprinkled on the top of each open-faced sandwich. Enjoy!