The Croque Madame and the Croque Monsieur.
“Croque” means “crunchy bite” and “monsieur” means “mister”. So it literally translates to mister crunchy. It is a hot sandwich made with ham and cheese.
The Croque Madame is the same thing with a fried egg, sunny side up on top. However some people will incorporate the egg into the monsieur by dipping the bread into egg before it is cooked.
Transport yourself to bistro in Paris with these classic French recipes.
- White bread – We choose our Breadski Sourdough
- 1 egg ( if making one monsieur and one madame)
- 50g butter softened
- 80g grated gruyere cheese
- 2sp Dijon mustard
- 1tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1tbsp whole mustard
- Wafer ham
- 100ml milk warmed
- Make the Bechamel sauce: Melt butter in a pot. ass in flour and cook on low for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth. Cook until thickened and add in half the cheese.
- Lightly toast the bread. Spread the Dijon one side of the bread. Add ham and the rest of the cheese holding back a small sprinkle. Add second slice of toast on top. Place this under the grill on medium heat for a few minutes.
- Spread the top of the sandwich with the Bechamel sauce and then a sprinkle of cheese.
- Place this back under the grill until it has turned a golden golour and bubbling.
- Fry your egg, sunny side up and place on one of the sandwiches.