Croque Madame

(A Monsieur, made better!)

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 rounded tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg, eyeball it
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon style mustard
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 4 slices deli Swiss cheese
  • Chopped parsley leaves, chives or thyme leaves, for garnish - choose from any or all on hand
Directions
  • Place a small sauce pot over medium low heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter in it. Whisk in a rounded tablespoon of flour and cook 1 minute or so. Whisk in milk and bring to a bubble then drop heat to low. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg and Dijon. When sauce coats back of a spoon, turn off heat.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in each of 2 medium nonstick skillets, both over medium low heat. When butter melts add 2 large eggs to the first skillet, keeping the whites separate from each other. To the second skillet add 2 slices bread and toast lightly on first side then turn the bread. Top turned bread liberally with sauce and 2 slices of the ham and the Swiss cheese on each slice of bread. Use a spatula to transfer the eggs to the tops of the open faced sandwiches. Cover the pan with foil and turn off heat. Let pan stand 5 minutes to melt cheese and set sauce and eggs.

  • Top sandwiches with chopped herb or herbs of choice and serve. Spoon any leftover sauce over top of the eggs before garnishing.


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