I ate croque madames almost every day for breakfast while I was in Paris. It’s one of my favorite things to eat for brunch in NY. It’s basically a ham and cheese sandwich with an egg on top. I invited my foodie friend Lisa over for a fancy breakfast and some knitting (yes we are grandmas). We went to Paris together earlier this year for my birthday. It’s amazing how food transports you back to a time and place. We reminisced about our time in Paris and all the good food we ate. The best part was she brought Milk Bar!
4 slices Pullman bread| Virginia baked ham| 1 1/2 cup Gruyere and Parmesan cheese| Dijon mustard| salt and pepper| pinch nutmeg| 2 tbspn butter| 2 tbspn flour| 1 cup milk| 2 eggs
Set oven to broil.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour. While you whisk, slowly pour the hot milk into the butter/flour mixture and cook until the sauce is thickened. Take the rue off the heat, add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1/2 cup grated Gruyere, and the Parmesan and set aside.
To toast the bread, place the slices on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
Brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add a slice of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Gruyere. Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Gruyere, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. Broil until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Fry 2 eggs sunny side up and serve on top of the sandwiches.
Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa