Introduction: Croque Madame

The Croque Madame is supposedly the female equivalent of the Croque monsieur, the reason for the difference is the addition of the fried egg on top with is meant to resemble a woman's bonnet, beyond that there is no real difference between the two.

For its simplicity I can honestly say that this is one of the best sandwiches I have tasted, the Béchamel sauce inside of the sandwich adds a lovely moisture to it and depth of flavour that you wouldn't otherwise have. As well as that the Béchamel thickens when it cools, meaning that it becomes much more portable, perfect for packed lunches. Normally this recipe is very quick as it consist mainly of the sandwich and a Béchamel sauce, ordinarily the sauce would take the longest of the components to create but I have opted to make the sauce with a stick blender instead to seed up the process.

This is an absolutely perfect recipe for a sandwich, what more could you want than a grilled sandwich which is covered in lashings of cheese?

Ingredients:
250ml whole fat milk

50 g melted butter

3 Tbsp flour

150g Strong Cheddar

10 Slices of Thick Bread

10 Slices of ham

salt pepper

Worcestershire sauce

5 eggs

Serves 5

Step 1: Making the Béchamel Sauce

To make this Béchamel sauce couldn't be simpler, all it requires is warm milk and a roux blended up with some cheese, salt and pepper. I have opted to use a stick blender to save time, but feel free to make this using a more traditional whisk technique.

Picture 1. Full ingredients list photo.

Picture 2. warm 250ml of milk in a large saucepan

Picture 3. in a seperate pan melt the 50g of butter

Picture 4. once the butter has melted add 3 tbsp of flour to the pan.

Picture 5. with a wooden spoon blend the butter and flour together to for the roux and allow it too cook for a few minutes in the pan.

Picture 6. mix the roux and the grated cheddar in to the hot milk.

Picture 7. finally blend the mixture until its thick.

Step 2: Preparing the Sandwich

Picture 1. toast the thick bread slices in a toaster.

Picture 2. on each slice of toast for 1 sandwich add 1 Tbsp of Béchamel sauce.

Picture 3. on the bottom slice add two slices of ham, Ensure that they don't come out of they sandwich.

Picture 4. add a small amount of the remaining grated cheese to the sandwich slices.

Picture 5. place the top slice upon the bottom one.

Picture 6. add a small amount of pepper and Worcestershire sauce

Step 3: Grill Sandwich

Finally turn the grill up all the way and grill on high for 7 minutes. Make sure that you keep checking upon it.

Full power Grill

7 Minutes.

Step 4: Fry the Egg

Picture 1. In a large pan allow a small amount of oil to reach smoking temperature.

Picture 2. tilt the pan so that the oil collects at the bottom and crack the egg in to that pool of oil

Picture 3. once the base has set you can turn the heat down and allow the egg to sit flatly.

Picture 4. put the Fried egg upon the top of the sandwich.

Step 5: Thank You for Reading

Finally I recommend that you eat this hot, however they do taste just as good cold. You can garnish them with some fresh basil, salt, pepper and paprika for colour.

Thank you for reading , if you have any comments or queries please contact me and I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

Comments

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AZbubs (author)2015-11-05

Not to put too fine of a point on this, but Béchamel is white sauce, Mornay is cheese sauce.

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w1l50n1404 made it! (author)2015-03-27

I'm still an amateur at cooking, and ended up making the bechamel sauce look like an oatmeal porridge (slightly rough and bulgy). Probably because I used wholemeal flour instead (which is the only kind of flour I had). Nevertheless, I found this guide simple and very helpful. Great job! :D

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FJYE (author)w1l50n14042015-03-27

Thanks you, im glad you enjoyed it, and i have never tried making the sauce with wholemeal before, i shall try it i should imagine that its much better for you :P

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john blackburn (author)2015-03-24

Thanks for the info, I've just finished eating and my plate was clean. I will definitely be making this again

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longp2000 (author)2015-03-23

Very nice instructable, well done!

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renaud.dicette (author)2015-03-22

Hello, It's actually one of the two recipes used here in France. This one can be ordered "dans une brasserie" with salad. >Never order a " Poilane croque Mr " because it's made with a traditional bread, and it's heavy and very hard to eat.

I have to say that you have to use much less flour, and that the flour has to bake for 15 min minimum to be safe & digest ! It will then harden, without becoming too heavy. See Béchamel recipes... Never eat flour that has not very well be baked. Doing as you do will be very hard for your stomach, because flour will expand, harden inside & be very heavy.

The other basic recipe, used generally at home, is just two slices of grilled thick bread with butter on each 4 faces, some grated gruyère and ham. Brown in oven for some minutes. Traditional, almost as good because very crusty and little lighter !

Then, thank you for this ! cool to see a french tip here !

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I wanted to say the same! and also about the oil.. why would you let it smoke (=burn)? it's becomes carcinogenic when burnt. I'd use butter anyway, for improved taste ;)

anyway, I'll be making this! it looks delicious

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FJYE (author)ValentinoM2015-03-23

I was taught to let it smoke first before cooking the egg as i think its away to make sure that the oil is hot enough to start cooking and to get the crisp on the whites, also i should be clear its not suppose to burn. It is just meant to start smoking at which point you put the egg in and turn the temperature down. Also smoking the oil and burning the oil are not the same you can smoke the oil briefly before it burns, but be warned the oil will burn if you keep heating it beyond the initial smoking point.

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dcq32 (author)2015-03-22

It's important to cook the flour well or your roux will be to floury.

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BayRatt (author)2015-03-22

The recipe says 5 servings... that looks so good, I don't know if I would share one! :-D The pictures are amazing.

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seamster (author)2015-03-22

Oh my, this looks incredibly tasty!

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