In this riff on the classic French croque-madame (a toasted ham and cheese sandwich topped with béchamel and a fried egg), roasted fresh ham replaces the typical cured ham. If you don’t have any leftover fresh ham from Sunday dinner, substitute store-bought sliced roast pork loin or sliced cured ham.
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Position a rack 4 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler on high.
Spread four of the bread slices on one side with 1 tsp. Dijon mustard each. Layer the Gruyère and ham on the bread in this pattern: cheese, ham, cheese. Top with the remaining bread.
Melt 1 Tbs. of the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 of the sandwiches until brown and crisp, turning once halfway through the cooking, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with another tablespoon of butter and the remaining 2 sandwiches.
Ladle the béchamel sauce over the sandwiches (it will run down the sides), and then top with the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Broil until bubbling and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt the remaining 1 Tbs. butter over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the skillet and fry them sunny side up until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 3 to 4 minutes.
Use a large, flat spatula to transfer the sandwiches to serving plates. Place a fried egg on each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
Great recipe. The Dijon mustard adds a nice zing. I used whole grain/seven grain bread and was great. Thanks for the recipe
I've been very disappointed with most of the croque madame/monsieur sandwiches that I've tried here in the U.S. Many places just treat them like a grilled ham and cheese (this recipe's an example: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/croque-madame-recipe/index.html) and don't remind me at all of the ones I've eaten in France. But, this FC recipe tastes like the real dealthe secret must be the bchamel.
This sandwich has an outstanding combination of flavors. The bechamel is excellent. Read my full review at: http://themomchef.blogspot.com/2010/12/croque-madame-sandwiches-from-fine.html
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