A few weeks ago I made this delicious Croque Madame for breakfast. I love making a more fancy meal for breakfast as a nice way to start a Saturday or Sunday. I modified this by making it an open-faced sandwich you eat with a fork and knife to save on the carbs. Also, the original recipe called for a bay leaf, but since I didn't have that I substituted 1/4 teaspoon of thyme and I substituted Swiss cheese for Gruyere. My husband and I really liked these and I'll definitely be making these again for brunch. Allow yourself about 15-20 minutes to prepare these since you have to make the cheese sauce.
In non-food news, I just got back from a quick trip up to Hoboken, NJ to surprise my brother! He is in the New York Choral Society and they were performing at Carnegie Hall. Initially, I didn't think I was going to be able to fly up, but after some rearranging of the schedule, I saw that I could go after all!! With the help of his girlfriend and my extended family, we were able to pull off the surprise! The look on his face when I arrived at his front door was priceless! The performance that evening was amazing and I'm so glad I was able to go and support him. Hopefully he'll be coming down here soon and maybe I can whip him up a scrumptious meal!
Ingredients- for 2 sandwiches
-2 tablespoons butter
-1 tablespoon flour
-1/2 cup milk
-1/4 teaspoon thyme
-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
-1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-2 slices french bread
-2 slices Canadian ham
-2 slices Swiss cheese
-1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
-freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the broiler. To make the bechamel sauce, in a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not brown. Add the milk and thyme and cook until the mixture thickens like a soup, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the salt and Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
2. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and broil about 2 minutes to crisp. Top each with a slice of Canadian ham. Spread a the cheese sauce on top of the ham and add a slice of Swiss cheese. Spread a little more cheese sauce. Place under the broiler to melt Swiss cheese, 5-6 minutes.
3. In a frying pan, fry the 2 eggs. Remove sandwiches from oven and top each with a fried egg, serve immediately.