Croque-Madame is a breakfast sandwich that originated in France. It comprises slices of country bread, French ham, Gruyere cheese, and eggs. The sandwich is then covered in a sauce made of butter, flour, milk, nutmeg, and salt.
The Croque-Madame is a hearty and filling breakfast option that will leave you feeling satisfied all morning long. If you're looking for a new breakfast recipe, look no further than this.
Preheat the oven to broil.
To make the bechamel sauce, melt 1-ounce butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook while constantly stirring for 2 to 3 minutes or until the flour and butter smell cooked.
- Allow it not to brown. Cook, occasionally stirring, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of a soup for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese after removing the bay leaf. Place in a bowl to cool.
- Place four slices of bread on a flat surface and put 2 to 3 slices of ham on top of each.
- Combine half of the Gruyere cheese and the bechamel sauce. Season as desired.
- Spread a little of the sauce on top of each slice of bread, then top with another bread slice.
Heat the cast-iron skillet, then add half of the remaining butter.
- Brown 2 of the sandwiches on one side for 2 minutes, and brown the other side for 2 minutes more.
- Repeat with the remaining butter and sandwiches on a baking sheet. Top the sandwiches with the remaining bechamel and the other half of the Gruyere cheese.
- Remove any crumbs from the cast iron skillet, then spray it with nonstick cooking oil.
- Fill the skillet with 4 eggs, leaving a little space between each. (Alternatively, cook two at a time).
- While the eggs are frying, place the sandwiches under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
- Season the eggs with salt and place one on top of each sandwich. Serve right away.