Croque Madame

In ENTREE, Fleur de Sel, One Dish Meals, RECIPES 2017 by Linda Szymanski

Croque Madame

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4 slices white bread
2 tbsp butter
4 slices good quality ham
1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese
1 tbsp butter
2 eggs

Béchamel Sauce
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp plain flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Fleur De Sel french sea salt from Salts of the 7 Seas
French Blend Peppercorns from Salts of the 7 Seas
  1. On the stove top, heat the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat until just melted. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Add  the milk in three lots, stirring continuously, until well incorporated. Keep stirring while cooking over the heat until the sauce is thickened and smooth. If it misbehaves, just whisk it with a wire whisk until smooth – it should finish thick and silky.
  2. Add the parmesan, nutmeg and mustard and stir to combine. Season to taste with Fleur De Self and French Blend pepper from Salts of the 7 Seas. Yum. Leave to cool. (Left over Béchamel Sauce can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days).
  3. Preheat oven to 200˚C (400˚F) and get out an oven tray.
  4. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Lay 2 pieces butter-side down on baking tray. Spread each piece with 2 tablespoons of Béchamel Sauce and 2 pieces of ham. Top with remaining bread, butter side up, and spread with 1 more tablespoon of Béchamel Sauce each. Sprinkle with gruyere cheese and pop in the oven until golden and bubbling, about 15 minutes.
  5. While the toasts are cooking, heat remaining butter in a frypan and fry eggs over medium heat until cooked through, but still with a runny yolk.
  6. Remove toasts from oven and top one with a fried egg. Serve as-is for breakfast, or accompanied with a dash of dijon mustard and a small green salad for lunch or dinner. Top it off with Fleur De Sel sea salt and French Blend pepper from Salts of the 7 Seas. Serves 2 for breakfast.