Nothing says Paris to me like enjoying a Croque Madame at a cafe by the Tour Eiffel... and that's what I was doing when I took this picture in March, 2009! Imagine my excitement when my French colleague, Ornella, brought in homemade Croque Monsieurs and shared her recipe with me. Merci, Ornella!
I was even more excited to find out she had a shortcut to making the bechamel sauce that typically is in the croque monsieur / madame. A croque monsieur is a ham and cheese toasted sandwich with a creamy bechamel sauce. Add a fried egg for a croque madame! Here is the full on recipe that I will try next time, thanks to Epicurious.
What's in the fridge:
2 slices of bread (in my case 3... one for backup)
2 slices of ham
2 slices swiss cheese
3/4 cup milk
shredded cheese (motz this time, but any white cheese will do)
salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375
- Salt and pepper the milk
- Soak both slices of break in the milk so they are damp. I soaked them too much, which led to a soggy bottom of the sandwich. I threw that piece out and replaced with another slice of bread, buttered.
- Make the sandwich with the slices of ham and swiss - and place in the oven for about 20 minutes (until the bread is hard)
|Sandwich in the oven|
- Fry an egg while the sandwich is cooking.
- When the sandwich is done, add shredded cheese on top, the egg, and then some more shredded cheese over the egg.
|Never too much fromage!|
- After adding the cheese, place the sandwich under the broiler for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you want it just slightly browned. It browns very quickly!
- That's all! I like a Croque Madame with a small side salad, just how they serve it in that small cafe in Paris :)
|Bon appetit, mes amis!|