You have heard of the croque monsieur sandwich, but what about the croque madame? The famous French sandwich featuring ham, cheese, and creamy bechamel sauce becomes a madame with the addition of a fried egg – making the croque madame a perfect brunch item, especially in the days following Christmas, when you may have extra cheese, ham, and bread on your hands. Interested in trying this memorable dish? Check out this recipe, which yields 6 delicious servings of croque madame.
• 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
• 3 tbsp. flour
• 2 cups milk
• 12 oz. Gruyère, grated
• 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
• 12 (3/4"-thick) slices white bread, toasted
• 6 tbsp. Dijon mustard
• 12 slices baked ham, thinly sliced
• 2 tbsp. canola oil
• 6 eggs
1. Heat butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook, whisking, until smooth, about 1 minute.
2. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, 6–8 minutes. Add ½ cup grated Gruyère and the Parmesan and whisk until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
3. Heat broiler to high. Place 6 slices of bread on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread 1 tbsp. mustard over each. Top with 2 slices ham and remaining Gruyère. Broil until cheese begins to melt, 1–2 minutes.
4. Top with remaining bread slices, then pour a generous amount of béchamel on top of each sandwich. Broil until cheese sauce is bubbling and evenly browned, about 3–4 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12? nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add eggs, season with salt and pepper, and cook until whites are cooked but yolks are still runny about 3 minutes. Place an egg on top of each sandwich and serve hot.
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