My Breakfast is Better Than Yours: The Croque-Madame
What did you have for breakfast when you woke up this weekend? Unless it was a croque-madame (which I didn’t even know about until this weekend), you lose. What you’re looking at is the female version of a croque-monsieur, which is a glorified ham and cheese sandwich with bread soaked in a tasty sauce. I’ll let you figure out why this one’s considered the female version.
Anyway, I was lucky enough for my girlfriend to have seen it made on The Chew, which inspired her to make it for breakfast. It peaked my interest right away — pretty much just because Michael Symon is on The Chew and I’d love to hang out with him and have a beer. But other than that, this concoction has everything a breakfast should be.
Think of what you’d order at the diner. If you have any wits to you, you’re going to order eggs, some delicious meat (bacon or ham), toast, and homefries. But let’s be honest, most of us just use the homefries as filler, to soak up the “dippy egg” or sunny-side up egg. This breakfast has it all and more. Not only does it have a delicious, savory meat, but it also includes melted cheese in between a tasty baked bread with crispy toast.
Further, the toast has been soaked in a cream (bechamel sauce) made of milk and nutmeg, giving the whole meal a bit of a sweet undertone. Finally, thanks to the females out there, the fried or poached egg crowns the sandwich. To eat it the right way, break the yoke first, and then cut into the rest of it. Get a little bit of everything in every bite and there’s no need for those homefries.
Makes 6 sandwiches
Pre-heat oven to 400
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups milk (the g/f used 2 %)
- 1/8 cup of flour
- Salt and pepper to your liking
- Grated nutmeg to your liking (“just a pinch”)
Melt butter in a small saucepan on low heat. Once the butter is melted, whisk in the flour until mixed.Slowly whisk in the milk and cook while stirring until thick. This takes about 15 minutes. If it’s taking longer, turn up the heat. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
- 12 slices of French or Italian bread — pick something with a nice crust on it
- A little bit of butter
- 1/2 lb of “off the bone” sliced deli ham
- Block of Swiss cheese, grated
- 6 eggs
- Chopped chives