Feb 14, 2014

Valentine's Croque Madame

Nothing says I love you like a rich and creamy cheese sauce smothering grilled ham, turkey and cheese all topped off with a super runny sunny side up eggs... In the shape of hearts no less! Make this for the one you love and you're sure to leave them happy, albeit sleepy and probably too full to move... But totally worth it! Serve with a simple and light salad of greens and vegetables with lemon vinaigrette to complete the meal.
♥ Happy cooking lovey-lovers! 
Whisk flour and butter until blonde, whisk in milk, stir in cheese, nutmeg and thyme until smooth.

Make egg wash for sourdough bread using whole eggs and whole milk. Fry in pan coated in butter, of course.

Smother assembled sandwich with cheese sauce, place under broiler, and fry eggs.

Ooey gooey layers of melty cheese.

For an extra special touch, finish with crumbled bacon and fresh thyme leaves.
Definitely a fork-n-knife sandwich.
  • Slices of sourdough bread 
  • Whole eggs 
  • Butter 
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Slices of Swiss or gruyère cheese 
  • Black forest ham, thinly sliced 
  • Turkey breast, thinly sliced
  • Béchamel cheese sauce (recipe follows) 
  1. Preheat oven broiler 
  2. Make French toast but dipping each piece of sourdough bread in whisked eggs and milk and fry in butter over medium heat 
  3. Evenly spread Dijon mustard on one side of each French toast 
  4. Place sliced gruyère cheese on bread over mustard 
  5. Layer ham and turkey next on cheese 
  6. Place another piece of cheese over ham and top with another piece of French toast with Dijon on inside 
  7. Cover with cheesy béchamel sauce 
  8. Place assembled sandwich under broiler until sauce is browned and bubbling, 5 minutes or so 
  9. Meanwhile, melt butter in fry pan over high and add whole eggs and fry for just a couple seconds until white is set but yolk still runny
  10. Top broiled sandwich with very runny sunny side up egg 
  11. Season egg with salt, pepper and fresh thyme
Béchamel Cheese Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbs. butter 
  • 1 Tbs flour 
  • 1/2 cup shredded gruyère cheese 
  • freshly grated nutmeg 
  • 1/4 tsp fresh thyme 
  1. Melted butter in saucepan 
  2. Add flour and whisk until blonde 
  3. Slowly stir in milk 
  4. Whisk until slightly thickened, 1 minutes or so 
  5. Add shredded gruyère cheese and stir until smooth
  6. Season with nutmeg and thyme 
  7. Set aside until sandwich is assembled and ready for broiler

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