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This decadent sammie is made on “special occasion Sundays” where we really gorge on this creamy, cheesy and salty treat in ultimate slow-motion. You must savor every bite. Traditionally a French dish, Croque Monsieur, the Croque Madame has an egg on top, served with a small side salad and said to resemble a woman’s Sunday hat–which I could not agree more with. #ChefAdrian has really mastered the art of making food special and this dish is at the tip top of his repertoire. See below to make this dish at home and I hope you can savor every bite, like I do!

Croque Madame Sandwich

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of brioche or sourdough bread
  • 4 eggs, sunny side up
  • 8 to 12 slices of good quality ham
  • 8 slices of Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese
  • 6 oz. butter, divided
  • 2 TS flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 bag mixed greens
  • ¼ red onion, shaved thin
  • 2 TS extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation

Béchamel Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, melt 1 ounce butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes (do not allow it to brown).
  3. Add the milk and nutmeg and cook, stirring from time to time, until the mixture thickens like a soup, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Stir in the Parmesan and remove from the heat.

Assembling the sandwiches

  1. Preheat your broiler
  2. Arrange 4 slices of bread on a cutting board.
  3. Top each slice with 2 to 3 slices of ham.
  4. Place 2 slices of cheese on each sandwich and add 1 TS béchamel sauce over the cheese.
  5. Top each with another slice of bread.
  6. Heat a large frying pan and, when hot, add half of the remaining butter.
  7. Add 2 of the sandwiches and brown on one side, 2 minutes.
  8. Turn on the other side and brown 2 more minutes.
  9. Transfer to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining butter and sandwiches.
  10. Spread the remaining béchamel on top of the sandwiches.
  11. Cook 4 eggs sunny side up.
  12. While eggs are cooking, place the sandwiches under the broiler and broil until the top turns golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  13. Season the eggs with salt & pepper and top each sandwich with a fried egg.
  14. In a separate bowl, toss mixed greens, shaved onion, lemon juice, olive oil and salt & pepper.
  15. Divide the salad equally among for plates and serve alongside the sandwiches.

Prendre plaisir! (Enjoy!)

//TMI

 

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