Preheat the broiler. Make the bechamel sauce: In a small saucepan, melt 1 ounce butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until you smell the flour and butter
Author: Alex Guarnaschelli
Never had either a croque monsieur or madame, so I made one of each; recpices were both from this website. Fought against my normally cheap nature, and shelled out for quality ham and gruyere.
This classic ham sandwich from France is drizzled with bechamel sauce and topped with fried eggs.
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Author: Rachael Ray
A croque monsieur (French pronunciation: [kʁɔk məsjø]; French for « mister crunch ») is a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich. The dish originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack. A croque madame (French for « mistress crunch ») is a variant of the dish topped with a fried egg.
This is a variation of Amanda Hesser’s croque-monsieur, a ham and Gruyere sandwich topped with béchamel. Here, we invite you to pop a fried egg on top. Voila! A croque-madame (reportedly named such because the egg resembles a lady’s wide-brimmed hat). Featured in: A Field Guide To The American Sandwich.
Total Time: 20 mins
The croque monsieur, the classic French ham and cheese sandwich covered in cheesy bechamel, becomes a madame when a fried egg is placed on top of it.
* Technically, a croque should be classified as a melt, but whatever, melts are really just grilled cheese sandwiches with bonus food added. The last consideration is the goo factor. The melted cheese, of course, provides a lot of it, but I like to take it one step further and add Mornay sauce.
The difference between croque monsieur and croque madame. Croque monsieur and croque madame are both French dishes that are essentially grilled ham and cheese with a white sauce. The sauce, bechamel, is made of flour, butter, milk, and typically some of the cheese you’re using in the sandwich itself – the cheese is Gruyere or Swiss.
Playing Curtis Stone’s Croque Madame Bring your knife and fork to the table for this classic French ham and cheese sandwich, because things are about to get messy. A croque madame is a croque monsieur with a fried egg plonked on top of it.